She’s long been a Just Good Friend, but Bev Sykes is now a Point of Light – by Prime Ministerial decree.
PM Theresa May has recognised Bev for her work tackling loneliness and isolation.
The founder of the companionship group Just Good Friends, from St Annes, is the latest recipient of the Points of Light award, which recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.
Bev, nominated for the award by Fylde MP Mark Menzies (both pictured inset), initially set up the group in 2012 with just 12 members.
It has since grown to support more than 300 members, providing community events throughout the week across different centres, as well as running regular day-trips and holidays.
In a personal letter to Bev, Mrs May said: “By holding events and activities every week through your group Just Good Friends, you are transforming the lives of older people facing loneliness and isolation across Lancashire.
“You should feel enormously proud of helping people to fulfil lifelong wishes while forming new and lasting friendships.”
Bev said: “It’s a great honour to be a part of Just Good Friends – it’s wonderful to get the recognition for it so we can spread the message even further. We just want the group to carry on growing so it can help even more people.”