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7 December 2016, 00:00
A woman who set up a charity to help tackle loneliness and isolation amongst the vulnerable in Hertfordshire, has been awarded one of the country's top honours; the Prime Minister's Points of Light award.
The award and a personal letter from the Prime Minister was given to Lynne Misner, CEO and found of "Small Acts Of Kindness" in recognition for her work founding and growing the charity, which she set up to tackle loneliness and isolation among older people in the cold winter months. Providing gifts of warming winter items, the charity also provide special Christmas presents for those who may be alone at Christmas.
In a personal letter to Lynne, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
"Your gift bags are bringing warmth and comfort to older people across Hertfordshire during the winter months. Through 'Small Acts of Kindness' you are tackling loneliness and isolation by showing you care. "
I am honoured and humbled to have won a Point of Light award and share it with everyone who has helped make this project a reality" said Lynne, "I will never cease to be moved and inspired by the difference that can be made to an older person's life by a small act of kindness."
The project distributes 'Warm in Winter' gift packs to older people across Hertfordshire, providing warmth and comfort to 800 people in the region. The packs include a large blanket, thermal socks, hat, gloves, and a mug containing tea, coffee, instant soup, and hot chocolate.
"There is a great need for this project, and it really makes an impact on people's lives. It also brings together a range of organisations in a unique way to bring the community together."
Small Acts of Kindness receives support from Watford-based Freedom Communications, Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, and a number of other charities, including Hertfordshire Independent Living Service (HILS), the meals on wheels provider for Hertfordshire on behalf of the county council, who help deliver the packs to older people in the community.
Sarah Wren, Chief Executive of HILS, said:
"It's been a great privilege to work alongside Lynne and her colleagues over the past 18 months. Hundreds of our elderly or disabled clients have received the wonderful gifts which Small Acts of Kindness has provided, and we know the difference that they've made, letting everyone who has received them know that they are special and cared about".
"My dream is that within five years Small Acts of Kindness projects will be able to reach every older person in the UK who needs them. Winning this award makes that dream ever closer to happening - thank you."