Local fundraiser given prestigious award at Hoylake Christmas Lights switch-on
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04 Dec 2017
fundraiser Derek Holmes has been awarded with the Prime Minister’s prestigious
Points of Light award for outstanding voluntary work and fundraising in the
Points of Light
are outstanding individual volunteers – people who are making a change in their
community. Every week day the Prime Minister recognises an inspirational
volunteer with the Daily Points of Light award.
Wirral West MP
Margret Greenwood was on hand to present the award at the switch-on of
Hoylake’s Christmas lights, which was performed by Derek’s daughters Imogen (8)
and Caitlin (7), and local girl India Williams (6).
Derek has been
inspired to base his fundraising efforts around his distinctive Volkswagon
Beetle car to engage people in his community and act as a focal point for
collections. His creative efforts, which include dressing up the car according
to what he is fundraising for, helped raise £16,000 for this year’s Christmas
lights in Hoylake.
In a personal letter to Derek, the Prime
“The hundreds of people that you have
inspired by creatively decorating your VW Beetle is a testament of your
remarkable positivity and dedication to your local community. You should feel
enormously proud of having brought people closer together to fundraise for a
variety of charitable causes in a very engaging and inclusive way.”
Speaking at the switch-on, Margaret
“I am delighted to be able to present
Derek with a Points of Light award in recognition of the great work he has done
over the years in raising a phenomenal amount of money for many local
“Derek's distinctive Volkswagon
Beetle is well known locally, particularly in Hoylake and Meols. It is renowned
for its creative and imaginative decorations which change according to what
Derek is fundraising for.
“Recently it was dressed up in support
of the Poppy Appeal. Tonight, of course, the theme is celebrating
Christmas. The Beetle also gets decorated to reflect events that are happening
locally and nationally, such as the Hoylake Festival of Firsts and major
sporting events. It is often stationed by the entrance to Queens Park,
where it is impossible not to notice it when walking or driving past.
“Derek has for so long been a tireless
supporter of the local community. He really does deserve this recognition.
Derek, and thank you for all you do for Hoylake.”
overwhelmed to be given this award. It’s nice to be recognised for what myself
and others are doing for the local community. It has been the best year yet to
be involved in Hoylake Christmas lights.
“We are always
looking for more volunteers and people can contact us on the Hoylake Christmas
Lights facebook page or at firstname.lastname@example.org if they’d like to get involved in the future. We are also looking for more
helpers for the Poppy Appeal. If anyone would like to get involved in that
please contact me on 0151 632 4101.”
have taken to Facebook since the switch-on to comment on how much they enjoyed
the event and to lavish praise on Derek.
wrote: “Congratulations and well deserved Hoylake looks amazing.”
wrote: “Well done, Derek Holmes and many, many thanks for all the
effort you and your little helpers have put in to making Hoylake look &
feel super Christmassy. Good man!”
added: “Well done! Very well deserved for everything you do for our community.”