Prime Minister Theresa May has recognised adventurer and ultra runner Andrew Murray with a Point of Light volunteering award. Andrew has fundraised over £170,000 for the Scottish Association for Mental Health, the African Palliative Care Association UK and Yamaa Trust and to promote the benefits of exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle.
He has completed a number of extreme and record breaking fundraising runs including seven ultramarathons on seven continents within seven days, a 4300km run from John O’Groats to the Sahara Desert, a run to the top of Britain’s 10 highest peaks in a single day, a run across the Namib desert and amongst 10 extreme races he has won, the Sahara Race and Genghis Khan Ice Marathon in Outer Mongolia.
Andrew is the latest recipient of a Point 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 Andrew, Prime Minister Theresa May wrote: “Your remarkable running challenges are raising funds for three important charities, but also inspiring countless people to become more active and improve their health.”
Andrew is the 622nd winner of the Points of Light award, which has been developed in partnership with the Points of Light programme in the USA.
Andrew said of the recognition: “To be honest running around in deserts and cold places, and having the opportunity to work with communities in projects in places like Outer Mongolia, Kenya, Namibia and back home are all great fun. I'd totally encourage people to explore, try new things and also to volunteer- it’s given me some of the best and most memorable experiences of my life. Volunteering and supporting the likes of the Scottish Association for Mental Health, the Yamaa Trust, the African Palliative Care Association and Ramblers Scotland has given me far more than I've given back.”