THE CREATOR of a charity calendar has been recognised by the Prime Minister.
Kristina Salceanu from Snitterfield has created the ‘Advent of Change’ – a Christmas countdown calendar which reveals a new charitable donation behind each of the 24 doors.
Both local and nation charities benefit from calendar sales including Myton Hospice, Crisis and Great Ormond Street Hospital.
And from clearing plastic from oceans, to funding a bed for a homeless person, a description behind each door lets the person know how the donation has helped.
Sales of the calendars have reached some £100,000.
And now the 26-year-old is the latest recipient of the ‘Points of Light’ award, which recognises outstanding volunteers making a change in their community and inspiring others.
Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award.
In a letter to Kristina, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Through ‘Advent for Change’, you have re-imagined the advent calendar and are setting a new tradition of giving, rather than receiving.
“You should be really proud of your work, and I wish you the very best with your continued endeavours.”
Kristina said: “I am completely honoured to accept this award on behalf of all those who have helped ‘Advent of Change’ become a reality, everyone who has joined the ‘Advent of Change’ movement and of course the wonderful charities we support, who will be using the funds raised to make such a big difference to the lives of so many.
“I’m thrilled to have seen the calendar receive such overwhelming support in its first year and look forward to creating more innovative charitable products in 2019 and beyond, all with the purpose of making positive changes in the world… please do watch this space!”