The fundraising efforts of a Waltham Abbey man who has raised over £160,000 over the past ten years to support victims of crime or abuse and those affected by ill-health or disability has been recognised by the Prime Minister with a Points of Light award.
Shane Yerrell, who is a Waltham Abbey town councillor, received the award in recognition of his dedicated fundraising in support of anyone facing hardship.
Epping Forest MP Dame Eleanor Laing, representing the Prime Minister, presented the award to Mr Yerrell at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday (March 1).
Mr Yerrell, who runs the 'Through the Fight Foundation', started fundraising after being the victim of a knife attack in 2007, and realising he could turn his experience into a positive by supporting others who were going through their own traumatic or difficult situation.
Following the success of a sponsored climb in aid of ‘The Rob Knox Foundation’, set up in memory of the actor killed in a knife attack to support young people gain opportunities in the arts, Mr Yerrell was inspired to continue his fundraising efforts, leading to the creation of his own foundation,‘Through The Fight’ in 2016.
'Through the Fight' is dedicated to supporting anyone facing hardship.
Commenting on the award, Mr Yerrell said: "This is so overwhelming. I’ve had an incredible journey over the last ten years and met some amazing people.
"I set up ‘Through The Fight Foundation’ to ensure victims of violent crime and people affected by illnesses could have somewhere to turn. Someone who would reach out to them. I wanted to be the person who reached out.
"To receive recognition from our Prime Minister is incredible. The fact that he has taken time out of his busy schedule to acknowledge my fundraising is amazing.
"I would like to dedicate this award to my family, close friends and all the people who have fought back from their struggles.
"Without them I wouldn’t be where I am today."