We're delighted to announce that Rob Allen, Founder and Patron of Sands United, has been named as a Point of Light by the Prime Minister.
The Points of Light award is a programme supported by all members of Parliament, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers who are making an impact in their communities.
Rob has been given the award in recognition of the support that the Sands United model has provided to bereaved families across the country through sport, and opening up a discussion regarding the importance of men's mental health.
I’m honoured to accept this Points of Light award and to be recognised by the Prime Minister for the support Sands United FC has provided to bereaved men and their families affected by pregnancy and baby loss.
This award really is for all of the dads, grandads, brothers, uncles and all the team members and supporters who have put so much time, effort and passion into building Sands United FC teams across the UK since our first Northampton team was set up in 2018 in memory of our baby daughter Niamh.
I know myself how hard some men can find it to talk about how they're feeling after the death of a baby. I hope that by building trust and a common bond, by playing together as a team, many more will be able to break their silence about baby loss and help others to do the same. As Patron of Sands United my dream is for there to be a Sands United team in every corner of the UK.
- Rob Allen, Sands United Patron
Find out more about the Points of Light award at pointsoflight.gov.uk