A South West volunteer has been recognised at the Palace of Westminster with a British Citizen Award in recognition of his extraordinary endeavours. Steve Whiteway from Plymouth, Devon received The British Citizen Award, in partnership with Specsavers and One Stop. Now in its fifth year, it recognises exceptional individuals who positively impact their communities throughout the country.

Steve was honoured for his services to the community with a BCAc, at an official medal presentation held in London.

Steve has been a volunteer for over 50 years and has raised £750,000, making a difference to thousands of people’s lives. Steve took on the role as Resources Development Manager, for ‘Improving Lives’, a Plymouth based charity which runs information, advice and support services for people with disabilities and long-term health conditions. Steve came up with the idea that as the charity was celebrating 110 years, to launch the ‘110 Club’ with business members joining in the knowledge that they are supporting a worthwhile charity. With Steve at the helm, the success has been phenomenal with the first 110 Founder Members signing up in the first few months and more organisations joining daily to help those in the community with disabilities. 

Childhood experiences

His parents were caring people within the community, always full of fun and Steve has undoubtedly inherited these virtues. At the age of eight, he really started thinking about how he could help others and went out entertaining in old people’s homes in the local community, playing the piano and raising money and smiles. 

Medal presentation

The Medal presentation was hosted at the House of Lord’s by TV’s Michael Underwood who, together with Dame Mary Perkins, co-founder of Specsavers, is a patron of the British Citizen Award, which was established in 2015.  Each medallist received a Medal of Honour, inscribed with the words ‘For the Good of the Country’.

The British Citizen Award is widely viewed as the nation’s way of recognising extraordinary, everyday people for exceptional endeavours.

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