A NAVY sailor who raised nearly £400,000 for a forces charity has been honoured by the prime minister
Chief Petty Officer Andrew Gibbs, 45, raised the cash for Help for Heroes by leading a group that sets up and leads walking challenges and fund collections across the United Kingdom.
Now David Cameron has named Andrew, based at HMS Collingwood in Fareham, as a Point of Light – which recognises outstanding volunteers.
Andrew said: ‘It is an immense honour to receive this award especially on November 11.
‘It is all about the team that helped me achieve all that we have done for Help for Heroes.
‘You can see the difference the money makes to those that have been wounded in combat.
‘It is all about support for life and I, along with my team, will carry on with our volunteering, whether it be at Wealdstone FC on a cold and wet midweek or on the concourse at Wembley Stadium in the middle of July.
‘I am very proud to be recognised for what the team and I have achieved.’
Andrew, who is just £2,121 away from raising £400,000 leads Doing it for Heroes.
The dedicated volunteers raise cash for facilities for British servicemen and women wounded or injured on duty.
Challenges have included walking from Wembley to Cardiff for the UEFA Euro 2012 football qualifier and from the City of London to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff to kick off the 6 Nations rugby tournament.
Around 35 people have taken part since Andrew set it up seven years ago.
He is set to raise more cash at Twickenham on Saturday, November28 when he fundraises at the Premiership Rugby London Double Header.
Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage said: ‘This is a real honour for Andrew and a true testament to his tireless fundraising efforts for Help for Heroes.’
Mr Cameron added: ‘With his fundraising for Help for Heroes, Chief Petty Officer Andrew Gibbs has done a huge amount to support our Armed Forces.
‘As a serving member of the Royal Navy he sees first hand the bravery and sacrifices our forces make for us every day.’