Point of Light Long-serving volunteer awarded by Prime Minister

Rosie CleaveRosie Cleave, a retired teacher from Huddersfield who has dedicated 58 years of her life to us, has been named a Point of Light by Prime Minister David Cameron. 

The Point of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers, people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. 

Rosie started volunteering alongside her mother when she was just a child, and over the last 5 decades, she has dedicated thousands of hours to fundraising and volunteering for us.

To date, Rosie has raised over £100,000 – enough to pay for over 25,000 calls to Childline.

"Rosie has given over half a century of service to the NSPCC, both raising money and awareness for its vital work. But even more impressive than trekking to Everest and through Peru to raise thousands of pounds herself is the work Rosie has done to enable others to raise money. With the ‘Hike Against Cruelty to Kids’, Rosie and the HACK committee has enabled hundreds of people to get involved and raise nearly half a million pounds for the NSPCC. I am delighted to recognise her service with the UK’s 341st Point of Light."
David Cameron, Prime Minister

Rosie says:
"My involvement with the NSPCC started when I was at prep school and today, 50 years later, I am still volunteering and raising money, more so now in a varity of ways - fairs, coffee mornings, car boots, lunches, table top sales, budget collections and even chopping wood for kindling to sell to pubs and friends. 

It is all good fun meeting different people and spreading the name NSPCC and the wonderful work it does - which is so very important. 

I have also taken part in treks to Nepal and Everest Base Camp - raising more than £9,000  - and trekking 26 miles through the Peruvian mountains, raising a further £9,000.

Trainers illustrationThere are NSPCC collection tins in almost every shop, pub and restaurant in Huddersfield and I have also dedicated hundreds of hours giving talks about fundraising activities to the local community to encourage others to take part."

As a true powerhouse for the NSPCC in Huddersfield, Rosie has inspired hundreds to fundraise to help keep children safe.

"I am overwhelmed and honoured to have been picked for this award and it’s so nice to share it with the NSPCC. The NSPCC does wonderful work helping to ensure that children can look forward to a future free from neglect and abuse. It is for those children that I have dedicated all of these hours of my time."
Rosie Cleave