Founder of Social Enterprise UK member, From Babies with Love, has been recognised by the Prime Minister for her exceptional service supporting orphaned and abandoned children worldwide.
Cecilia Crossley is the founder of ‘From Babies with Love’, a social enterprise that sells organic baby clothing and gifts, donating 100% of its profits to partner charities that work to support orphaned and abandoned children around the world. Cecilia developed the idea for the social enterprise whilst on maternity leave and wondering how the sale of gifts for babies could, in turn, provide a wider gift of support to vulnerable children. So far, Cecilia and her team have donated over £100,000 to support over 7,000 children globally.
Cecilia 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 Cecilia, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“I know you do this with no thought of praise or reward, but allow me to offer my own recognition of how you have created ‘From Babies with Love’ which allows people to buy beautiful baby gifts while giving generously to orphaned children around the world.”
“This award is an incredible surprise! It means a great deal to me, and all of us at ‘From Babies with Love’. All our Non-Exec Directors are volunteers, and have been on our Board from the very beginning; this celebration of ‘From Babies with Love’s achievements is very much shared with them too.”
Cecilia is the 1327th 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.
Notes to Editors
1. The Points of Light awards recognise outstanding individual volunteers, people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.
2. The Prime Minister makes daily announcements of the winners to celebrate, encourage and promote volunteering and the value that it brings to the country.
3. If people know someone who could be a Point of Light they should write to the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street.
4. Website: www.pointsoflight.gov.uk