Guy Opperman Member of Parliament for Hexham has presented Diane Morton, Director of Wag and Company a Points of Light Award from Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.
The Points of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers - people who are making a change in their community. Every weekday the Prime Minister recognises an inspirational volunteer with the Daily Point of Light award.
Wag and Company aim to end loneliness for older dog lovers by making visits to their own homes, in care homes and hospitals. The charity founded and led by Diane Morton, has so far benefitted 3,118 people across the North East with 75,746 friend visits having already taken place since 2016.
After presenting the Award, local MP Guy Opperman said:
'Diane's brilliant volunteering has put smiles on the faces of thousands of elderly dog lovers across the North East, and it was fantastic to present Diane with this prestigious award from the Prime Minister’.
‘The whole team at Wag and Company have done such a fantastic job over so many years and I am delighted Diane has been recognised for her hard work’.
Diane Morton, Director of Wag and Company said:
‘As a very proud figurehead for over 400 amazing Wag & Company volunteers and their equally special dogs, I was honoured to accept the Points of Light Award from our MP Guy Opperman’.
‘It’s really fantastic that the important difference Wag volunteers make every day, and particularly in the challenging days of Covid-19 restrictions, to older people right across our region has been recognised in this way. Thank you so much Mr Johnson and to Mr Opperman also for visiting us. We are all very proud!’