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The National Lottery Young Hero Award 2020

We are incredibly proud of our Business student Caitlin Walker for winning this award and all the hard work she has contributed to the community.

We are beyond thrilled to be able to announce that one of our students was nominated for The National Lottery Young Hero 2020 Award along with 5000 other worth and inspiring nominees.

Caitlin was asked to be interviewed for a video being made to throw a spotlight on the importance of young volunteers and how vital they are to so many National Lottery projects including YRUK and Mid Kent Mind. At the end of the days recording she was suprised by Saffron Barker, who told Caitlin she was in fact this year’s winner.

Both Lynne and Kelly were interviewed for the filming and discussed the importance of volunteering for small organisations. Caitlin has volunteered for Restorative Justice 4 Schools, Mid Kent Mind and at YRUK over the past 3 years or so.

During that time, she has faced a great deal of challenging events including one that caused her to have a breakdown with her mental health and work hard on her recovery. She has used volunteering to aid her recovery with mental health struggles and found that helping others gives her a unique focus in life she didn’t have before.

Caitlin has set up a Facebook group with her sister and helped over 3000 NHS frontline staff with access to services during the lockdowns. Linked with local business Kent Laser craft and sent out thousands of face mask clips to save ears getting sore for 1000s of staff on the frontline for free. Made up specialist nurses uniform bags herself on the sewing machine and filled with goodies to thank them for their incredible work.

She has worked to support elderly, shielding neighbours in her local area to ensure they stay safe and have access to medical supplies and food shopping. She has studied tutorials on you tube and created her own face masks, making 100s for family, friends and neighbours.

Caitlin has just launched last week her Winter Wellbeing Boxes event where she is fundraising to create special boxes to reduce isolation for vulnerable people over the winter months and help them stay connected. All of this and much more whilst battling mental health, being a young carer and starting a new exciting chapter at Sheppey College after being denied her GCSE experience in 2020 as covid limited access to exam procedures for thousands of external candidates across England.

Caitlin has an incredible amount of resilience, endless enthusiasm to help others and a personality that lights up any room. We are sure that as you watch this video you will see why we are incredibly proud, to announce that she is this year’s Young Hero Award winner! Well done Caitlin, you are a credit to Sheppey College and certainly a wonderful role model to today's young people.

As well as her incredible trophy, she won £3000 for YRUK which will help them to continue the amazing work that they do.

Thank you to The National Lottery Good Causes team for this incredible honour for Caitlin.