Prime Minister’s praise for longserving volunteer

Phil Reddall
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A volunteer who helps hundreds of blind people read has received a Point of Light award from the Prime Minister.

Phil Reddall, 66, is an IT support manager from Silverstone and has been volunteering for The Royal National Institute of Blind People’s Talking Books service since 1986.

He said:“I’m humbled to receive this award and grateful that my efforts, and those of my fellow volunteers, are recognised but the feel good factor I get from helping others is reward enough for me.”

Mr Reddall is the 125th winner of the Points of Light award which began in April and is based on the USA version where President Barack Obama dishes out awards.

If people want to nominate a Point of Light they can do so by writing to the Prime Minister

David Cameron said: “Talking books is a fantastic service that allows blind and partially sighted people to keep in touch with local news and community events, as well as enjoy great novels.

“I’m hugely impressed with the dedication Phil has given the Northamptonshire Talking Book service over 27 years. He thoroughly deserves to be named the UK’s 125th Point of Light.”

Lynn Green, group volunteering team manager at RNIB, said: “We are delighted that Phil has been named as a Point of Light award winner in recognition of the great work he has carried out over the years.

“We would like to thank Phil for his continued dedication to RNIB as a volunteer.

“27 years is a real commitment and we wouldn’t reach as many people as we do without volunteers like him.”