Prime Minister awards Bristol volunteer for raising money for vulnerable children

Prime Minister Theresa May honours a volunteer from Bristol with a Points of Light award for his work raising around half a million pounds for good causes.

Darren Sims, from Bristol, has raised almost £500,000 over 10 years by performing charitable concerts across the UK including a "Daz's Rock 4 Charity" concert in March this year on The Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare which raised over £5,000 for HorseWorld’s Discovery Courses. Rescue charity HorseWorld run a program which helps children with Special Education Needs and those outside of mainstream schooling to work alongside rescued horses, improving their confidence and communication skills.

Darren’s work has benefitted many good causes, but he has devoted particular attention to children’s charities. Every year since 2007, he has performed charity concerts at major venues including the Colston Hall, Weston Pier, and the Park Lane Hilton. Over the course of a decade, Darren has inspired a team of more than 20 to raise money alongside him, whilst over 200 people have credited Darren with inspiring their own volunteering. Darren is the latest recipient of the Points of Light award which recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements.

In a personal letter to Darren, Prime Minister Theresa May said “Through the numerous charitable concerts you have organised over the past decade, you have raised £500,000 for a range of excellent causes. You should be proud of how your extraordinary fundraising has also inspired hundreds of other people to undertake volunteering of their own.”

Darren said “I am absolutely thrilled and very honoured to receive this award, but I could not do what I do without the support of hundreds of other volunteers that help me organise and run the “Daz’s Rock 4 Charity” events, so this award is also for this team that support me in everything that I do”.

Mark Owen, Managing Director of HorseWorld Trust, said “We are so very grateful to “Daz” for his exceptional fundraising efforts for HorseWorld and our Discovery Project that helps Children with Special Educational needs by working with gentle rescued horses and ponies. The Rock 4 Charity concert he arranged for HorseWorld in March this year was a really great way to celebrate the charity’s 65th year and raised over £5,000. He is an extraordinary human being that always puts others before himself”.

HorseWorld's Discovery Course Leader, Sharon Howell said "The money that Daz has raised for the Discovery project will help fund places for disadvantaged and vulnerable young people to boost confidence, emotional well-being and life-chances through an innovative learning programme that brings them together with gentle rescued horses through interactive studies, having a massive impact on their mental wellbeing and futures."

The next Rock 4 Charity concert in aid of HorseWorld is Friday 9th March 2018 at The Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare. 


Article By: Amy Williams

Date Published: 19/09/2017

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