Woodford Green fundraising marvel Bella Field honoured by prime minister Theresa May
PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 November 2017
A 12-year-old student who helped raise more than £111,000 for Haven House Children’s Hospice has been recognised for her selfless work by the prime minister.
On Tuesday, Bella Field, of Darnley Road, Woodford Green, received a Points of Light Award, which recognises outstanding volunteers who have truly made a difference to their communities.
One is awarded each day to a truly inspiring individual, and this week it was Bella’s turn.
The Recorder Young Citizen Award 2014 winner, who started raising money for the hospice after her sister died of cancer, received a personal letter from Theresa May informing her that she had won the award.
It read: “By raising more than £110,000 in support of Haven House Children’s Hospice in memory of your sister Molly, you have given vital support to hundreds of children with life-limiting conditions and made a real difference in the care they receive.
“You should feel enormously proud of everything you have achieved, especially at such a young age, and for inspiring thousands of people through your remarkable fundraising.”
Bella was presented with the award from Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, at a reception attended by Haven House patron and Woodford Green MP Iain Duncan Smith marking Giving Tuesday, the annual global day of giving.
Mr Duncan Smith said: “I am absolutely delighted that Isabella Field has received the Points of Light Award in recognition of her fundraising.
“She is a wonderful role model for young people in our local area and through Bella’s fundraising we have been able to support other families with life-limited children.”
Following the reception Bella and her mum, Mel, appeared on ITV’s Loose Women singing with Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus, We All Stand Together, the 1984 classic hit by Sir Paul McCartney which has been released in aid of 11 charities.
Woodbridge High School student Bella began fundraising for Haven House after her eight-year-old sister, Molly, died at home from an inoperable brain tumour in September 2010.
In the seven years since Molly’s passing, Bella, Mel and father Steve have raised more than £110,000 for the hospice.