Prime Minister Boris Johnson has written to Christian worship leader Tim Hughes to thank him for organising ‘The UK Blessing’ music video released last week.
The video features people from 65 churches and has been seen over 2 million times on Youtube.
In a personal letter to Tim Hughes, the Prime Minister awarded him his daily Points of Light Award – a prize which has been running since 2014 to recognise individuals who have had a positive impact on society.
Boris Johnson said: “At a time when our churches are closed, I am filled with admiration to hear how you have used the power of music to bring together Christians of all denominations from across our United Kingdom.
“Your sensational singing masterpiece ‘The UK Blessing’ is truly uplifting and has touched millions around the world with its message of hope and its beauty.
“As we continue to protect our NHS and save lives, I know you are also leading efforts through your own church to support those in need in Birmingham and to befriend those who are feeling lonely or isolated at this time.
“So on behalf of the whole country, I just want to say a big thank you for all that you do.”
Reacting to the Prime Minister’s announcement, Tim said: “It’s a great honour to receive this award, which I receive on behalf of the amazing team my wife Rachel and I work with at Gas Street Church in Birmingham. Alongside everything we are doing in delivering food packages and connecting with those who are vulnerable and isolated, it was wonderful to be a small part of the song ‘The UK Blessing.’ To see over 65 churches, representing hundreds of others from around the UK, joining together as one to sing this amazing message, that God is for us and with us, was very special.”
Tim Hughes is the 1371st person to be recognised in the Point of Light Awards since April 2014.
Since the spread of coronavirus, the award is focusing on people serving their community through the pandemic.
Watch an interview with Tim Hughes speaking to Premier here: