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'Points of Light' award for Dr Thomas Moors, founder of Shout at Cancer

PM recognises volunteer helping people who have lost their voice box following surgery

Dr Thomas Moors, founder of Shout at Cancer, has had his work recognised by Prime Minister Theresa May through her Points of Light award.

Dr Moors is the founder of a throat cancer charity who set up a unique choir for people who have had their voice boxes removed as a result of their illness.

This innovative project is part of a six week therapeutic programme developed by Dr Moors and other experts to help people recover from the loss of their voice box and learn to communicate again. The choir has performed all over the country and recorded a song for the Paralympic Games.

Under Dr Moors's leadership the ‘Shout at Cancer’ charity is now beginning to provide other therapeutic courses to aid recovery including yoga, cooking and even beat boxing, all of which can be challenging given the breathing and swallowing problems many patients face.

Dr Thomas Moors 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 Thomas, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“As the founder of ‘Shout at Cancer’ you should be enormously proud of the invaluable therapeutic support you are providing for people who have undergone the life-changing experience of having their voice boxes removed. Your innovative approach is aiding patients’ recovery and providing them with much needed friendship and support.”

Thomas said:
“The whole team of Shout at Cancer and I are very honoured to have been considered and nominated for such a prestigious award and acknowledgement . It will serve as a great inspiration to all those patients, relatives and professionals alike, whose dedication and commitment empowers our work and aspirations to make a tangible difference to people's lives after laryngectomy."

Thomas is the 703rd 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 have publicly supported the partnership with Points of Light UK, which honours 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.

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