Former Evelina London patient wins Prime Minister's Point of Light Award
Posted on Tuesday 20th December 2016
Hannah with some of her gifts for children at Evelina London Children's Hospital.
Prime Minister Theresa May has named Hannah Robinson, a former Evelina London patient, as a Point of Light for bringing happiness to children in hospital at Christmas.
Hannah, now six, was Santa’s littlest helper when she handed out presents she had bought through her own fundraising efforts last Christmas. Then aged just five, Hannah got the idea after narrowly avoiding spending Christmas in hospital herself. She suffers from a rare genetic condition called MCADD that prevents her from breaking down fatty acids for energy. Evelina London is one of the biggest centres in the UK for the treatment of children with inherited metabolic diseases like Hannah's.
Hannah was excited to have won and said:
"Thank you very much for my award, it's made me feel really happy and I'm so, so excited. I love making all the children happy at the Evelina, and I love collecting all the toys and filling the bags. I love Hannah’s Hope Appeal.”
Hannah is the latest recipient of a Point of Light award, which recognises outstanding volunteers.
In a personal letter to Hannah, Theresa May said:
“The care you are showing to others with your Hope Appeal is giving children in hospital a very special Christmas. Your courage shows that anyone at any age can make a tremendous impact on the lives of others.”
Hannah is running her Hannah’s Hope Appeal for the second year and hopes to bring in even more presents than last Christmas.