Points of Light Award delight for fund-raiser extraordinaire Steve

Date published: 20 February 2024

Intrepid Oldham fundraiser Steve Hill MBE has spoken of his pride after being handed the news that he will receive a prestigious Points of Light Award from no less than the Prime Minister!

Steve is a Deputy Headteacher who, alongside his teaching, takes on extreme challenges around the world to raise money to support local and international projects in Uganda and inspire his pupils.

Steve has undertaken a huge number of fundraising challenges to raise over £200,000 for good causes.

These have included climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, trekking 200 miles across the Sahara Desert and completing multiple marathons, including the Mount Everest and North Pole Marathons, along with Ultra Marathons through the Amazon Jungle and the Arctic wilderness.

Most recently, Steve completed 14 consecutive marathons running coast to coast across Costa Rica and Tajikistan. 

In 2019, Steve founded his own charity, ‘Team Hill Charitable Trust’, through which he raises money to support projects and causes in his local community.

Steve organises gift bag appeals for young carers in Oldham, purchases equipment for children with disabilities, and regularly spends time decorating the local hospital’s children outpatient department.

Having completed the Uganda marathon five times, Steve has forged close community ties in the country and, through ‘Team Hill Charitable Trust’, supports many projects there.

Steve has provided funding for the building of three schools and dormitories, organised donations of trainers, football equipment and stationery, and supported the ‘Make Women Smile’ initiative.

Steve said: “I’m thrilled to receive a Points of Light Award from the Prime Minister - it’s such a huge honour and so unexpected.

“Every day the Prime Minister awards an outstanding volunteer or charity leader for their inspirational service as a 'Point of Light', as part of a cross-party supported programme to promote the value of voluntary action.

"Totally unexpected, but I am honoured to be the UK's 2,270th Point of Light recipient and the daily winner for the 19th February 2024.

"We don’t do these things for recognition, but it's a lovely boost for Team Hill Charitable Trust and everyone associated with the Charity who support our mission to make a positive difference in the world.

“I’d like to thank everyone who supports the work of Team Hill Charitable Trust in our ongoing mission to make a difference - thank you!!”

Find out more about the ‘Team Hill Charitable Trust’ by clicking here

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