Age 20, Denbighshire
For my whole life I have suffered from Erbs Palsy, a birthing disease, and Irlens Syndrome which affects my quality of life. Despite these setbacks I have found that volunteering gives me a focus that I can’t resist: I love helping others!
As a Guide, I’ve been part of North Wales Young Dragons/Dreigiau Ifanc Gogledd Cymru for four years, working with other uniformed youth organisations throughout Wales. I’ve taken part in 79 community based activities which have amassed over 370 hours in volunteering time. This has helped the Young Dragons raise over £36,000 for charities who help people with diseases such as motor neurone disease and diabetes, charities like Marie Curie Cancer Care and Great Ormond Street Hospital, and also I SPY Anti-Bullying.
Of course I couldn’t do it alone, and along with my friend Danny I know that together we can help loads of other people just by giving up our time. Volunteering always puts a smile on my face, whatever I’m doing! I’ve gained so many valuable life skills that I know will help me in the future, and the community I serve.