A WIRRAL charity photographer who helps support bereaved parents has been honoured for exceptional service with a Points of Light award from the Prime Minister.

Kim Smith, a professional photographer, volunteers her services to the charity 'Remember My Baby', to support more than a 170 families experiencing the loss of their baby before, during or shortly after birth by taking high-quality images that can help them through their grief.

Kim is also a Trustee of the charity and its regional coordinator for the North West and North Wales, helping to recruit and train volunteers for the charity as well as continuing to educate medical professionals on the importance of memory-making.

Kim is the latest recipient of the Points of Light award, which recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.

Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements.

In a personal letter to Kim, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "I know you do this with no thought of praise or reward, but allow me to offer my own recognition of how you are supporting bereaved parents through the tragedy of losing a child.

"The beautiful photos you take will serve as a memory for those loving families, and the parents you help will never forget what you have done for them.”

Kim said: "After getting over the shock of being nominated, I am honoured and truly humbled to receive the Point of Light award.

"It is my privilege to have photographed and spent time with these beautiful babies and their incredibly brave families."

Kim is the 1271st winner of the Points of Light award, which has been developed in partnership with the hugely successful Points of Light programme in the USA. Over 6,000 Points of Light have been awarded in the USA, and former Presidents have publicly supported the partnership with Points of Light UK.

There is a similar cross-party approach to the UK programme and MPs from different parties often present their constituents with their Points of Light awards.

Regardless of whether it’s a doctor restoring local monuments in her free time, a father teaching young people life skills, or a local musician giving a voice to lonely people, the Points of Light award honours shining examples of volunteering across the UK.

Remember My Baby is looking for volunteer photographers to help with its work.

If you are interested and would like more details, visit the website www.remembermybaby.org.uk