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Inspiring student wins volunteering award

January 31, 2013

West Cheshire College student Beth Carty was named as a regional winner in the vInspired National Awards after setting up a youth club to support families affected by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Student Beth Carty was named a regional winner in the vInspired National Awards for her volunteering work.

Beth, 18, from Chester received the recognition in the annual award ceremony after she set up the youth club at the Blacon Community Centre.

Beth, who studies sport at the College was named the North West winner in the ‘All Round Commitment to Volunteering’ category for setting up the club as her younger sister Kayla has ADHD to provide support for children and families affected by the condition.

Beth runs the club voluntarily and raises money to keep it running. She also trains young people and arranges tournaments and events on behalf of her other volunteer roles with Everton FC, FMA Chester and Karate Kai UK.

Beth said:  “It’s such an honour to be presented with this award.  You don’t volunteer to get awards – knowing you’re helping people is enough motivation. But it’s great to know that people appreciate what I do, and I hope that this might inspire other young people to give volunteering a go”.

Suzie Hobson, acting assistant manager for sport at West Cheshire College, said: “I am delighted that Beth has won this award and has recognition for all of the hard work that she puts into the youth club.

“Her work has really helped local people with ADHD and their families as well as her other roles, which has really benefitted the local community and she is an inspiration to us all.”

The regional winners will be shortlisted for the national awards ceremony in March 2013 at the world-famous Camden Roundhouse.

For more information about courses at West Cheshire College call the College hotline on 01244 656 555 or visit www.west-cheshire.ac.uk

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