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A teenager who led a social action project with his synagogue has been recognised by the Prime Minister.

Avi Dubiner, 17, from Finchley, was received by the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street to be awarded the 775th Points of Light award, which recognises outstanding community volunteers.

Avi played an important role in starting The Shabbat Walk, which motivates young people to give up time on the Sabbath to help those in need, either by visiting hospitals and care homes, or helping struggling families.

The initiative, set up in 2015, has inspired people to complete more than 22,000 visits to 20 hospitals and 62 care homes in London, with 200 volunteers giving time each week.

He said: "I am so honoured to be recognised by the Prime Minister for the initiative and success of our project and hope that this incredible charity will be the start of something much bigger and better for future generations.

"It has been amazing to see and experience the enthusiasm of our youth when it comes to helping others. Our charity is based on communication, effort and commitment in providing services to the poor, elderly, physically disadvantaged, lonely and the unwell.

"By combining all these qualities, we aim to help the youth in our community grow into special people for the future."

The Prime Minister also sent a personal letter to Avi, which praised him for the "remarkable" scale of the initiative.

Avi now hopes to extend their efforts to Israel, to launch the initiative overseas.

Eliezer Gilbert, founder of the Shabbat Walk and representative of associated charity GIFT, said: "We are delighted for Avi - he has demonstrated exceptional altruism and leadership skills in helping set up the initiative.

"His ability to influence and activate young volunteers has led to over 750 teenagers volunteering in hospitals, care homes and disadvantaged families across the UK."