A SAILOR has been honoured for helping to raise more than £400,000 for armed forces charity Help for Heroes.
Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer Andrew Gibbs, 45, was presented with a Point of Light award for his fundraising over the past seven years.
CPO Gibbs, who is an instructor at the Maritime Warfare School at Fareham’s HMS Collingwood, received the award from West Ham United joint-chairman David Gold in a ceremony at the club’s home pitch, Boleyn Ground.
CPO Gibbs said he was delighted with the recognition.
He said: ‘It’s an immense honour to receive this award and it’s all about the team that helped me achieve all that we have done to help support those affected by their service.
‘They continue to need support for life and we’re not stopping now. The next target is £500,000 for Help for Heroes, which we hope to achieve by their 10th anniversary in 2017.’
CPO Gibbs raised the money by organising walking challenges and fundraising collections across the UK.
Prime minister David Cameron praised CPO Gibbs for his efforts.
Mr Cameron said: ‘As a serving member of the Royal Navy he sees first-hand the bravery and sacrifices our forces make for us every day.’