A Catholic student has been recognised by the Prime Minister for her work raising awareness of cerebral palsy.
Chloe Tear, a third year psychology and child development student at Leeds Trinity University, received a Points of Light award, which recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.
Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements.
Ms Tear is a disability activist and creator of award-winning blog ‘Life as a Cerebral Palsy student’. She writes about her own experiences living with disabilities, raising awareness of conditions such as cerebral palsy and sight loss. Her blog has had over 80,000 views and she has written for 45 organisations including Scope, the Royal Institute of Blind People, Huffington Post, and the BBC to share her experiences. She was recently listed on the Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 which recognises the most influential disabled people in the UK.
Ms Tear works very closely with ‘CP Teens’, a charity founded by Ellie Simpson, Point of Light #667, which supports teenagers and young people living with cerebral palsy and other related illnesses.
With the help of her MP, Greg Mulholland, Ms Tear has been successful in getting issues surrounding disability hate crime mentioned in Parliament.
In a personal letter to Ms Tear, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Your dedication to writing and volunteering is ensuring that the voices of disabled people are heard. You should feel very proud of reaching tens of thousands of people through your ‘Life as a Cerebral Palsy student’ blog and raising vital awareness of the issues facing disabled people.”
Ms Tear said: “To be awarded with a Point of Light for my volunteering work is unbelievable! It is such an honour to receive such a prestigious award and I cannot thank everyone enough for their support along the way.
“Being a disabled young adult has its challenges, yet I am very proud to be able to use my experiences to support, educate and empower others. I hope this is still the beginning of the work I do towards raise awareness for disability and I am excited to see what the future holds.”
Ms Tear is the 1,080th winner of the Points of Light award, which has been developed in partnership with the hugely successful Points of Light programme in the USA.
Over 6,000 Points of Light have been awarded in the USA, and former Presidents have supported the partnership with Points of Light UK. There is a similar cross-party approach to the UK programme and MPs from all parties often present their constituents with their Points of Light awards, honouring the many shining examples of volunteering across the UK.
Picture: Chloe Tear. (Leeds Trinity).