The wife of Harry Potter and Star Wars actor Warwick Davis has won an award from the Prime Minister.
Samantha Davis, who lives in the Peterborough area, today received the Points of Light award from Theresa May.
Points of Light recognises outstanding individual volunteers who are making a difference in their community.
Every weekday the Prime Minister recognises an inspirational volunteer with the Daily Point of Light award.
Samantha is the chair of Little People UK, a charity providing support and information to people with dwarfism.
Samantha co-founded the charity with her husband in 2012 and it has gone on to become an essential resource providing social, financial and medical information.
As well as attracting a community of 200 members with dwarfism and associated conditions, the charity is supported by a number of highly respected orthopaedic, ophthalmic, neurological and anaesthetic consultant surgeons, physiotherapists and educational practitioners with a special interest in helping people with dwarfism.
Samantha’s award coincides with the final day of ‘Little People UK’s annual convention.
In a personal letter to Samantha, Mrs May said: “You should be enormously proud of the important work you have done to create the ‘Little People UK’ charity, raising awareness of people with dwarfism and celebrating their contribution to society.
“You have built a vital resource to connect people with support and advice where needed and champion better knowledge amongst medics, educators and wider society.”
Shailesh Vara, MP for North West Cambridgeshire, said: “This award is thoroughly deserved and I am delighted that Samantha’s efforts have been recognised in this way.
“Samantha’s hard work and dedication continue to raise awareness surrounding the issues affecting people with dwarfism and their families.
“Through ‘Little People UK’ and with the help of many dedicated volunteers, Samantha has created a positive environment of support and ensured a wealth of information is available to all.”
Samantha said: “I am passionate about the work I do for ‘Little People UK’, supporting individuals and families affected by dwarfism. For me, seeing the difference the charity is making to people’s lives is reward enough but my Points of Light award from the Prime Minister is a wonderful honour, one that I proudly accept on behalf of the Little People community.”