Sixteen-year-old Emily Rowe from St Austell is the first teenager to receive a new award aimed at acknowledging young volunteers. Named after one of the founders of Mount Edgcumbe Hospice, Enid Dalton-White MBE, the honour aims to recognise the contribution of young volunteers to Cornwall Hospice Care.

Young volunteers at the Cornish charity will be presented with a Certificate of Achievement when they’ve completed 25, 50, 75 and 100 hours of volunteering. Today (Friday 23rd July) Emily Rowe was acknowledged for giving the charity 25 hours at the St Austell town centre shop and presented with her certificate by Graham Clarke, Finance Director. She said afterwards; “It’s cool to get an award, a really nice surprise.” Emily works on the shop floor, assists with stocking the children’s area of the shop and labels items that have been gift aided meaning for every pound raised by the donation, the government will give the charity an extra 25p. “I’d like to be a children’s nurse eventually, but first I’m off to Truro College to study for my A levels and will carry on volunteering.”

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Jenny Wilkins, Cornwall Hospice Care’s Volunteer Services Coordinator, said; “We’re offering young volunteers, who may have school or study commitments, volunteering opportunities that are flexible, accessible, rewarding and fun! It’s a great way for young people to increase their confidence and self-esteem, developing a range of personal and social skills and improving their ability to work with others. Young people can gain experience for their future employment or further education and it enables them to contribute to their local community.”

Emily was presented with her award at the St Austell town centre shop and was joined by another volunteer, Lorraine Masters who received a 5-year long-service badge and certificate. Three other volunteers have been honoured but weren’t at the presentation, including Sylvia Sandy and Liz Philpott for 20 years’ service and Mary Hamilton for 5 years.

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