Jessica Taylor-Bearman has lived with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) since childhood and in 2010 founded and currently operates Share A Star Charity to "bring back the sparkle for children and teenagers who are fighting life threatening or chronic illnesses." She writes two blogs, JayTay and The World Of One Room.
Jessica was awarded Points of Light February, 2016. Prime Minister David Cameron said: “With Share a Star, Jessica has shown a remarkable commitment to supporting other young people who face serious ill health, or have very ill siblings. The peer support and family trips she organises have brought much-needed joy to hundreds of severely unwell young people and their families, despite her own ill health. To those who have received her kindness and empathy she is a true point of light.” Local MP, Kelly Tolhurst said: “I am delighted that Jessica’s inspiration and dedication has been recognised with a Point of Light Award. Jessica and Share a Star are a credit to our local area having genuinely made a difference to hundreds of severely unwell children and their families. I deeply admire their invaluable work and fighting spirit and I would like to wish continued achievement to Jessica and her team.”