The founder of a local charity has been recognised as an outstanding volunteer by the Prime Minister for her work spreading kindness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zoe Holland, who lives in Sale, is co-founder of Silk Elephant and the driving force behind the charity’s #GiftOfAHeart campaign.

She launched Silk Elephant with her brother, Paul Nichols, earlier this year in memory of their father David who sadly lost his battle with cancer in December. The charity promotes and delivers simple acts of loving-kindness to those facing challenging life difficulties and now has been given a Points of Light award recognising people who have made an impact in their community.

In a personal letter to Zoe, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “I want to thank you for the thousands of handmade hearts you have gifted to bereaved families, patients in intensive care units and those in care homes during our battle against Coronavirus.

“Your gestures of kindness have brought comfort to many in some of the toughest moments and I am lost in admiration for all that you have achieved with your wonderful #GiftofaHeart campaign. Your empathy and compassion epitomises the very best of our country and so I am delighted to be able to recognise your service to others.”