Surrey flood volunteer receives award from Prime Minister

PUBLISHED: 09:27 14 April 2014 | UPDATED: 09:27 14 April 2014

Séamus Kearns (front, second from right) and members of Surrey Search & Rescue at 10 Downing Street

Séamus Kearns (front, second from right) and members of Surrey Search & Rescue at 10 Downing Street

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A flood responder from Surrey Search & Rescue has received the new Point of Light award from Prime Minister David Cameron.

Séamus Kearns as part of a flood rescue team in Chertsey during the 2014 floodsSéamus Kearns as part of a flood rescue team in Chertsey during the 2014 floods

The new award scheme aims to recognise the outstanding work of volunteers in the UK, and was presented to Séamus Kearns for his role in helping victims of the floods that struck the country in February.

Séamus Kearns, 28, travelled to 10 Downing Street along with six colleagues for a reception hosted by the Prime Minister in recognition of the Flood Hero award he received from ITV’s Daybreak programme.

“I don’t consider what I did to be heroic, but just part of the thousands of hours each year donated by Surrey SAR members,” says Séamus, who spent seven days in February helping flood relief efforts in Staines and Chertsey, alongside fellow volunteers Surrey Search & Rescue.

The Prime Minister announced the Point of Light awards, heralding “the extraordinary things done during the storms and floods in terms of community service.”

Séamus Kearns drives a rescue ambulance in Chertsey during the 2014 floodsSéamus Kearns drives a rescue ambulance in Chertsey during the 2014 floods

And, in a personal letter to Séamus, continued: “I believe it is my duty as Prime Minister to hold up examples of great volunteering and service as an example for others. On behalf of the whole country, I hope this Point of Light Award can be a small way of saying thank you.”

Surrey Search & Rescue is a charity and all members give their time for free. It is a member of the UK’s voluntary Lowland Rescue network - with the same mandate as the RNLI and Mountain Rescue for life-saving support to the 999 services during emergencies.

• For more community heroes, pick up a copy of April’s Surrey Life magazine.

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