Prime Minister awards outstanding North Devon volunteer

The Prime Minister has today (11 June) named Lisa Wallis from North Devon as the latest winner of a prestigious Point of Light award.  Lisa has been presented with her certificate and personal letter from Theresa May by North Devon MP Peter Heaton-Jones.

Lisa, from Fremington, is the latest recipient of the award, which recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. Each day, one person somewhere in the UK is selected to receive the award for their remarkable achievements.

Lisa is the founder of the charity ‘ChemoHero’, an organisation that spreads kindness by sending boxes of treats to patients undergoing chemotherapy. Lisa was inspired to act after undergoing the treatment herself. The boxes are filled with useful products to help with the side effects of treatment, luxury goods to make patients smile and items to keep their loved ones occupied while they sleep during treatment. Many of the items are donated by local businesses in North Devon. Lisa has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, but hopes that ‘ChemoHero’ continues to provide boxes of kindness to chemotherapy patients for years to come.

In a personal letter to Lisa, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “You have responded to tremendously difficult personal circumstances with enormous courage and strength. Your ‘ChemoHero’ boxes of kindness are bringing some comfort to hundreds of people who are undertaking their first chemotherapy treatment and letting them know that they are not alone.”

Lisa said: “I am truly overwhelmed to be recognised with a Point of Light award from the Prime minister. I felt so alone during my own first few chemotherapies and didn’t want any one else to go through this emotion. We have distributed just over 400 boxes of kindness to Chemotherapy patients filled with useful and luxury items to help during their very first treatment. With this recognition from the Prime Minister I hope it’ll raise more awareness in how everyone has something to give and is able to help those going through Chemotherapy....we may not have a cure for cancer yet but we can all give a bit of kindness!”

Peter Heaton-Jones MP said: “I am delighted that Lisa has been given the Prime Minister’s Point of Light award. The work that she does is inspiring and helps people at the most difficult time of their lives. My own family has been affected by cancer and I know just how important this sort of work is, both to patients and their loved ones. I congratulate Lisa wholeheartedly and I am honoured to have been asked by the Prime Minister to present her with the award”.