A supermum who brings happiness to hundreds of children affected by cancer by creating customised Super Shoes has been named a Point of Light by Prime Minister David Cameron.
Sarah White, 40, founded charity Super Shoes in 2013 and her mission is to empower children fighting cancer by creating personalised Converse trainers decorated with designs chosen by the children themselves
The designs can range from family pets to film stars.
Super Shoes has already donated over 400 pairs of shoes to children across the UK and raised over £25,000 to provide children with a unique pair of shoes they can wear with pride.
Sarah, a stay at home mum from Woburn Sands,was selected by the Prime Minister for 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.
Sarah was inspired to launch Super Shoes after learning about brave MK four year old called Henry Allen who was battling a form of brain cancer.
Henry was the first recipient of a pair of super shoes.
Now Sarah and her husband Ken want to reach out to the hundreds more children affected by cancer.
They have “super artists” who volunteer their time to hand paint and design converse shoes specifically for a young person. Each pair takes at least 10 hours to create.
Super Shoes has also recently partnered with cancer charity CLIC Sargent as a referring partner to make it easier for people to access their services.
But Sarah is still involved in the day to day running of her brainchild, matching children and their requests for designs with the super artists as well as managing partnerships and taking volunteers into children’s hospitals to run art workshops.
She has also partnered with Office shoes, who provide a discount on Converse shoes to keep costs down.
Her work has now inspired a similar team of people in Australia to start “Dream Kicks”, their own version of Super Shoes, in Australia.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “With Super Shoes, Sarah has created an incredible way to harness the creativity of a hundred volunteer artists to give a unique gift to very sick children. The wonderful shoes she has delivered to over 400 children will have given them an invaluable boost while they are facing huge challenges. To those children Sarah truly is a Point of Light.”
Sarah is the 325th 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 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.
Sarah said: “I am absolutely delighted to be receiving this award on behalf of everyone involved with Super Shoes.
“We have over 130 super artists who give their time and talent to make a child’s fight against cancer just a little bit easier. Cancer treatment is a long and arduous fight and some families haven’t seen their children smile for weeks.
“These shoes are a small, simple gift but it brings a smile and a mini-boost to these children and lets their personality really shine through. Just like each child, these shoes are completely unique and the only ones in the whole world.”