Age 18, Havering, London
I’ve always wanted to give something back to the community, helping those in need. I started off volunteering when I was 10 years old, with Guides and St John Ambulance. I went on to become a Young Leader with Guides, to complete 2000 hours of service and to become PR Officer of the London Region Youth Board for St John Ambulance, alongside getting involved in campaigning for First Aid Education in events such as the Big First Aid Lesson.
Due to my long-term condition of Ulcerated Colitis, at times it has proven difficult to get out into the community. But I’ve been motivated by seeing those who have greater needs than myself – it’s given me the push to go out and volunteer. That’s why I assisted at the LCO Music Junction to teach music to the Young Carers from Barnardo’s, and why I continue to help inspire younger girls as Leader of the 10th Hornchurch Brownies and the 6th Hornchurch Guides.
I’m constantly inspired by the goodwill of those around me, and I was so grateful to be awarded the Mayor’s Civic Award by the community of Havering and to be selected as the Master’s Apprentice for the Worshipful Company of Coopers as a result of my efforts.