A pioneering Northamptonshire teen, who has raised over £25,000 for charity, has been recognised by the Prime Minister for helping to raise awareness on men’s health.
William Heath of Earls Barton lost his grandfather to testicular, pancreatic and prostate cancer when he was 12 and has since been named the Point of Light by PM Theresa May for educating the next generation on men’s health issues.
The 14-year-old teen, who failed to grow his own moustache, fundraised for the Movember Foundation and dressed up as different mustachioed characters for every day of the campaign.
William said: “I’m really excited to win this award and be named as a Point of Light. It is an honour to be part of such an inspirational group of people. I would never have imagined that asking friends and family to support Movember in memory of my grandfather rather than give me cards or gifts for my 12th birthday would have been the start of this amazing journey.
“Three Movembers later and I feel like I am a part of the Movember Organisation, I hope that I have increased awareness of Men’s Health Issues within my community and amongst younger people. I hope that the money that I have raised will help towards creating a positive future for many people. It has been hard work but it has definitely been worth it.”
The youngster reached out to hundreds of young people in preschools, sports clubs and scout groups, and has managed to recruit an army of ‘Mini Mo Bros and Sistas’ to raise awareness and over £25,000.
Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Your army of ‘Mini Mo Bros and Sistas’ are changing the face of men’s health by making an important contribution to the Movember campaign. You should be very proud of your fantastic efforts to raise awareness and funds which will ultimately save lives.”
The teen also encouraged other young people to take pictures of themselves in a moustache and upload them to social media with a donation.
Sian Haynes, head of community at Northampton Saints said: “All of the Heath family have been friends of the Saints for many years, and we’ve been delighted to have had them to be so prominent in helping us stay ahead of the rest of the Aviva Premiership clubs in terms of our Movember fundraising.
“Will and his family have been real driving forces, and the amount of money that he’s raised has been astounding. He deserves all of the praise he’s been getting.”
William is the latest recipient of a Point of Light award, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers, who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.