Prime Minister Theresa May has awarded a volunteer who raised funds for a horse charity.
Darren Sims, from Bristol, has been given a Points of Light award for his work, which recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.
Darren has raised around half a million pounds over the course of 10 years for a range of charities - including HorseWorld.
Earlier this year, he organised a concert called 'Daz's Rock 4 Charity' on The Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare and raised over £5,000 for HorseWorld’s Discovery Courses.
The course at HorseWorld helps children with special education needs or those outside of mainstream schooling to work alongside rescued horses, improving their confidence and communication skills.
In a personal letter to Darren, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Through the numerous charitable concerts you have organised over the past decade, you have raised £500,000 for a range of excellent causes.
"You should be proud of how your extraordinary fundraising has also inspired hundreds of other people to undertake volunteering of their own.”
Darren said: “I'm absolutely thrilled and very honoured to receive this award, but I couldn't do what I do without the support of hundreds of other volunteers that help me organise and run the “Daz’s Rock 4 Charity” events, so this award is also for this team that support me in everything that I do”.
Mark Owen, Managing Director of HorseWorld Trust, said: “We are so very grateful to “Daz” for his exceptional fundraising efforts for HorseWorld and our Discovery Project that helps children with special educational needs by working with gentle rescued horses and ponies.
"The Rock 4 Charity concert he arranged for HorseWorld in March this year was a really great way to celebrate the charity’s 65th year and raised over £5,000. He's an extraordinary human being that always puts others before himself”.
The next Rock 4 Charity concert in aid of HorseWorld is Friday 9th March at The Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare.