We imagine that Rod Cottrell has been called many things in his long and active life, but it's a fair bet that "Point of Light" has not so far been one of them.
But as of yesterday that is what he is, officially designated by the Prime Minister, no less.
This follows his nomination for this award by our MP, Antoinette Sandbach.
The Points of Light Award recognises outstanding individual volunteers who are making a real difference in their communities.
The nomination specifically mentions Rod's work with the Audlem Lass, the Wheelyboat and more recently the Wheelybus.
As well as bringing groups of volunteers together, these projects provide significant funding for the RNLI, and also enable disabled and special needs children and adults to enjoy boat trips on the Canal.
The letter informing Rod of the award included
"The Prime Minister's daily Point of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers – people who are making positive changes in their communities and around the world. The UK award was set up in partnership with the US Points of Light Foundation, which was established over 25 years ago. I am delighted to let you know that you will be the UK's 1130th Point of Light recipient."
So congratulations to Rod, and we expect that the next project is just round the corner.
You can read the full press release by clicking on the link below the photo.
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