Humanitarian aid mission for award-winning Rebecca

Published: August 28, 2018

Award-winning student Rebecca Woolley is combining her Telford College studies with humanitarian work around the world.

The 18-year-old, from Wellington, jetted off to India this summer to spend time as a charity volunteer after completing her A levels.

Rebecca receiving her award from High Sheriff Charles Lillis earlier this year | Telford College

Rebecca receiving her award from High Sheriff Charles Lillis earlier this year | Telford College

Rebecca’s voluntary and humanitarian work, which has also taken her to Tanzania and South Africa, earned her the High Sheriff’s Outstanding Citizen Award for Telford & Wrekin at the annual ceremony.

She said: “I chose Telford College due to the wide variety of courses, inspiring teachers, and having more freedom which I wanted to become a more independent young adult.

“The best part of Telford College for me has been giving me time to participate in my voluntary roles at the Oxfam Shop, Horsehay Youth Group, and Telford’s Citizens’ Advice.”

Rebecca on one of her previous humanitarian trips, visiting a hospital and orphanage in Tanzania | Telford College

Rebecca on one of her previous humanitarian trips, visiting a hospital in Tanzania | Telford College

 

As well as studying for A levels, Rebecca spent some time last summer in Tanzania, volunteering in a hospital maternity unit. She also worked in an orphanage in very difficult circumstances and conditions.

She said: “I have loved meeting so many new people, and making friends on the courses I am doing.

“After college, I am looking to continue with giving back to the community as well as going on another humanitarian trip to India.

Rebecca on one of her previous humanitarian trips, visiting a hospital and orphanage in Tanzania | Telford College

Rebecca on one of her previous humanitarian trips, visiting an orphanage in Tanzania | Telford College

“I would love to go into aid relief work further on in my career, or work in less economically developed countries, trying to help vulnerable people.”

Penny Wells, her Telford College tutor, said: “Becky is a wonderfully kind person with a lovely personality.

“We are very proud of her passion for helping less fortunate people and I wish her all the best in her future.”