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Martin Hibbert presented with Prime Ministers Points of Light Award

Martin Hibbert has been presented with the Prime Ministers Points of Light Award.

Martin Hibbert has been presented with the Prime Ministers Points of Light award by Chorley MP and Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lyndsay Hoyle.

The award is given to outstanding and inspirational volunteers who are making a difference in their community to celebrate, encourage and promote volunteering and the value that it brings to the country.

Martin visited Chorley Town Hall on Friday night where the Rt Hon Sir Lyndsay Hoyle MP and the Mayor of Chorley Cllr Julia Berry presented him with his award.

Martin Hibbert receiving Prime Ministers Points of Light Award from Sir Lyndsay Hoyle

Left to Right: Cllr Julia Berry, Gabby Hibbert, Martin Hibbert, Sir Lyndsay Hoyle, Gary Dawson.

The award recognised Martin’s determination to raise awareness of the need for improved treatment of spinal cord injured people in the UK, and to raise £1 million for SIA by climbing the tallest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, in June with the Martin’s Mountain support team.

Martin said:

“It’s an honour to receive the Points of Light award for my Kilimanjaro climb. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but it is only part of the full story. Because we all have our own mountains to climb every single day. My true ambition is to enable every spinal cord injured person to receive the specialist care and support they need to live the life they choose and reach their full potential. “

Martin also took the time to discuss with Sir Lindsay the biggest obstacles that those affected by spinal cord injury must face in the UK and what more can be done by politicians to support the community.

Sir Lyndsay said:

“It was fantastic to see Martin setting off on this amazing endeavour to highlight the work of the Spinal Injuries Association and to raise funds for them. His bravery and determination are truly inspirational, and he has both my admiration and utmost respect. Martin truly represents Points of Light and everything it stands for.”