The work of Ann Feloy, founder and CEO of suicide prevention charity Olly’s Future, has been recognised by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak with a ‘Points of Light’ award. This showcases the work of ‘inspirational individuals or charity leaders’ across the UK.
Ann, from Worthing, said she was humbled to be recognised in this way: ‘My charity’s motto is ‘Love and Light’ to celebrate the qualities that my beloved son Oliver gave to so many others when he was here, so it is really for him that I am receiving this award.
“I am so grateful to all those, especially his friends, who have helped me in our work to save young lives from suicide.”
The citations, available on the 10 Downing Street website Olly’s Future – Points of Light – includes the following statement: “The charity is increasing awareness of suicide prevention among students, including providing training and work experience opportunities, as well as working with GPs to build their confidence when responding to young people with thoughts of suicide or self-harm.
“As part of this, Ann co-created ‘Talking about Suicide: Ten Tools’ – a suicide prevention training session taught online to thousands of people in the UK and around the world to help spot the signs in someone who may be thinking of suicide and have a sensitive and non-judgemental conversation to help them stay safe.
“Ann also created Dr SAMS (Suicide Awareness in Medical Students), which is delivered every year to medical schools around the country, as part of the first year core curriculum, helping future doctors look after their own wellbeing, their peers and their future patients.”
First established by President George H. W. Bush in 1990, UK Points of Light was developed in partnership with the US programme and launched in April 2014. It has since been expanded to Commonwealth countries following an initiative by the late Queen Elizabeth II.
The organisation stated its aims: “Doing everything from tackling knife crime, to supporting families of dementia patients, our UK Points of Light are fundraising, awareness raising, problem solving heroes who all had an idea they decided to make a reality.
“Their actions have changed lives and their stories can inspire thousands more to get involved or start their own initiatives.”