Prime Minister Theresa May has recognised David Musgrove with a Points of Light volunteering award in recognition of his work to set up and run the Disabled Sailing Association, a group that brings sailing to disabled people.
David Musgrove, from Torbay, is the founder of the Disabled Sailing Association, giving disabled people the opportunity to experience sailing.
David’s 50-strong team of specially trained volunteer skippers and crew are expert at supporting disabled people to play a leading role on short cruises and longer coastal passages.
David, who is visually impaired, has worked tirelessly to raise awareness and funds for the charity and has built strong relationships with local yacht clubs and harbour masters. The Association has two sailing boats specially equipped to deal with a variety of disabilities, with around 100 members taking part.
David is the latest recipient of the Points of Light award, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers, people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements.
In a personal letter to David, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Through the Disabled Sailing Association, you have helped hundreds of disabled people to experience the joy of sailing. Your passionate leadership has inspired the association’s volunteer skippers and crew to regularly give up their time to make this possible.”
David said: “I feel humbled to have been nominated for this award. I accept it on behalf of the volunteers who make the Disabled Sailing Association possible, giving people with a disability the opportunity to enjoy the thrill and fun of sailing at sea, enjoying an activity that they once felt were excluded from.”
David is the 717th winner of the Points of Light award, which has been developed in partnership with the hugely successful Points of Light programme in the USA and was first established by President George H W Bush. Over 5,000 US Points of Light have been awarded and both President George H W Bush and President Barack Obama publicly supported the partnership with Points of Light UK when it was launched in 2014, to honour shining examples of volunteering across the country.
Regardless of whether it’s a doctor restoring local monuments in her free time, a father teaching young people life skills, or a local musician giving a voice to lonely people, the Point of Light award honours shining examples of volunteering across the UK.