A kind-hearted girl from Redditch has received a Points of Light Award from the Prime Minister after being nominated by the town’s MP Rachel Maclean.

7 year-old Esmee Allured was recognised by Prime Minister Boris Johnson after collecting hundreds of toys to give out to local children who might otherwise not have had presents at Christmas.

Esmee, inspired to share acts of kindness around Christmas to help return the kindness she has received during multiple stays in hospital, also sold £150 of her own toys and given the money to a local charity to buy meals for people who were in need at Christmas.

She is the first recipient from Redditch to be awarded one of the Prime Minister’s Points of Light award.

Launched in 2014, the Points of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers – people who are making a change in their community.

Esmee’s mum, Amy Killick, wrote to Rachel last month to make her aware of her daughter’s acts of kindness. Rachel then sent a letter to Esmee to congratulate her and also sent a letter to the Prime Minister to ensure Esmee received the recognition she deserves.

As a result of Rachel’s letter, the Prime Minister recognised Esmee with a Point of Light award and has also written to Esmee personally.

Rachel said:

“After Esmee’s mum wrote to me about her daughter’s acts of kindness, I knew Esmee needed to be recognised for all that she has done to help those less fortunate than her.

“I’m thrilled Esmee has received the Prime Minister’s Points of Light award – making her the first ever recipient from Redditch to receive this award.

“Rightly, Esmee’s mum is incredibly proud of her daughter, but everyone in Redditch should be proud of Esmee too.”

Amy Killick, Esmee’s mum, said:

“I am so immensely proud of my daughter Esmee. She has faced so many of her own battles during her life including multiple operations and hospital admissions. Despite this she has gone above and beyond to think of others in a less fortunate situation than her. She makes me proud every single day.”