Jonathan Hindley aged 52, from Urmston, is a local DJ and Entertainment Director going by the stage name of Jonny Spangles.
With the original lockdown Jonathan realised that there would be a very real need for social interaction, mental stimulus and help for the needy. So, he put all his experience and talent into creating community fundraising activities which would fulfil all those needs and support key workers.
He hosted speed quizzes each week raising money for the most vulnerable in the community. He also held a socially-distanced open-air disco, live streamed across the world in horrendous weather conditions for three hours, raising over £2500.
Jonathan rode a DJ Disco mobile trike for seven hours a day, on six separate occasions to raise money for WW2 Veterans, NHS Key Workers, Dementia and Mental Health. In total he covered over 100 miles around the local area. His combined endeavours since early April have benefited the local community to the tune of £45,500, benefitting over 125 charities and community-based groups.
Despite suffering a stroke when he was 42, a life-threatening home accident and an operation in early 2020 his spirits were not dampened. Jonathan has, over his 30-year career, raised over £100,000 and in 2019 raised £7000 for two cancer charities.
As well as recieving the prestigious British Citizen Award he has also now been recognised by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson MP, who in recognition of Jonathan’s exceptional fundraising awarded him a ‘Points of Light’ certificate along with a personal letter of thanks.
Jonathan said. “I feel very humbled and proud to receive this award, but If I didn’t have the love and support from my family, friends and the amazing people of Urmston, then receiving an award like this would never be possible.
“I am totally overwhelmed with everything in these difficult times for our country. Making people smile is what I love doing in times like this and this is why we do what we do and if we can support the less than fortunate people in our community, then we have made a difference”.