Points of Light Award

The Prime Minister has today, 24 August, recognised Nita Pearson, from Thringstone, Leicestershire, for her exceptional service sharing the local history of the village.

Nita has dedicated herself to preserving the history of her Leicestershire village as Chair of the ‘Friends of Thringstone’ community group. After a long struggle with her mental health, Nita decided to throw herself into supporting village life. Her tireless research into the history of Thringstone has uncovered unknown stories for the village heritage archives and Nita has authored 15 local history books to bring her findings to life for local residents. Nita is also passionate about conservation and, under her chairmanship, the friends group has coordinated a number of large scale environmental projects with local businesses including mass flower bed planting and litter picks. Andrew Bridgen MP recommended Nita be recognised as a Point of Light and will be presenting her with the award in his constituency.

Nita 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 Nita, Prime Minister Theresa May said:

"As the driving force of ‘Friends of Thringstone’ you have demonstrated your dedication to preserving the heritage of your village. The books you have written are helping to uncover the history of Thringstone and improving the community archives for generations to come."

Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire:

“I am delighted to make this presentation to Nita which recognises the dedication she has shown to the village of Thringstone. I have frequently seen her collecting rubbish early in the morning and she fully deserves to be recognised with this award for all she has done for the local community.”

Nita said:

"My mother, herself a volunteer, taught me to believe volunteering was something everybody should aim to do, and I have always done something in my community. I feel humbled to think that this has attracted the attention of the Prime Minister and to be given such an award is wonderful."

Nita is the 985th winner of the Points of Light award, which has been developed in partnership with the hugely successful Points of Light programme in the USA. Over 6,000 Points of Light have been awarded in the USA, and former Presidents have publicly supported the partnership with Points of Light UK. There is a similar cross-party approach to the UK programme and MPs from different parties often present their constituents with their Points of Light awards.

Regardless of whether it’s a doctor restoring local monuments in her free time, a father teaching young people life skills, or a local musician giving a voice to lonely people, the Points of Light award honours shining examples of volunteering across the UK.