The Prime Minister has today, 23rd May, recognised Sean Allerton, from Sherburn in Elmet, in recognition of his exceptional service completing fundraising challenges.
Sean is a former RAF Regiment Gunner who has covered almost 2,000 miles in his wheelchair to raise over £37,000 (including Gift Aid) for three RAF charities and ‘Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope’, a charity for child amputees founded by Points of Light 369 and 370, Sarah Hope and Victoria Bacon. After a motorcycle injury left him a tetraplegic, Sean wanted to give back to the charities that had supported him through his rehabilitation. Inspired by the Proclaimers’ song ‘500 Miles’, Sean has been completing different challenges to accumulate the distances mentioned in the song since 2012. He has completed two 500-mile challenges and nearly completed his first 1000-mile challenge with several smaller challenges along the way, including pulling along the weight of a full soldier’s deployment pack. As this 1000-mile event will complete just the first chorus of the Proclaimers’ song, there are many more years for the Push 500 and Push 1000 challenges to continue.
Sean is the latest recipient of the 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.