West Wickham youngster awarded for dedication to charity work
PUBLISHED: 10:25 05 June 2015 | UPDATED: 10:25 05 June 2015
Freddie Farmer received a Points of Light award.
A 10-year-old boy from West Wickham has been honoured with an award by the Prime Minister.
Freddie Farmer has helped raise thousdands of pounds to create the Freddie Farmer Foundation Physiotherapy Centre.
He received a Points of Light award- which aims to recognise outstanding volunteers who make a difference to their community.
Freddie was born with cerebral palsy and has helped raise more than £400,000 to create the new centre, which uses innovative new equipment known as ‘the spider’ to help children walk again.
In his letter, David Cameron said he was “delighted to hear that Freddie’s fundraising efforts have been successful and that the Freddie Farmer Foundation Physiotherapy Centre has now opened.”
He said: “You should be very proud of this phenomenal achievement which will help disabled children across South London.
“I believe it is my duty as Prime Minster to hold up examples of great volunteering and service as an inspiration to others.
“Through your hard work and dedication you are making our communities stronger, and our country a better place.
“On behalf of the whole country, I hope this Points of Light Award can be a small way of saying thank you.”
On the charity’s Facebook page today, Freddie’s mum, Deanne, said: “To say we are thrilled for Freddie is an understatement but it really is thanks to you, our wonderful supporters that this has happened.
“Our goals have never been about receiving awards, it is about helping Freddie and many more children like him - having said that, we feel fantastic about this and so does Freddie.
“Well done everyone!”