? Jess and Ben are nominated for Outstanding Volunteer! ?

Two of our students have been shortlisted for awards in recognition of their community volunteering work ??

Benjamin Saunders and Jessica Terry are finalists in the Telford Community Pride competition, in the Outstanding Volunteer category!

The award is celebrating people and groups who ‘make Telford special’ and the winner will be announced in front of hundreds of people at the International Centre on 29 November.

Benjamin, 16, is studying a health and social care level three course, as he hopes to become a paramedic.

Chatting to us about the nomination, he said: “I currently volunteer as a first responder for the Brookside community first aid team, which provides provide first aid cover for events. We also offer free first aid lessons. I lived in Brookside for a time, so this is my way of giving back to the community I grew up in. It will make me more employable, but it also means I am using my qualifications for good.”

Jessica, 15, is currently studying engineering level two, alongside maths and English GCSEs.

She was nominated for the award by her mum, whose life she helped to save two years ago when she had a stroke. Jess also came to the rescue of her younger sister when she had an anaphylactic reaction.

“I have always loved the feeling of helping others,” she said. “I can’t explain how happy I am to be shortlisted for this award. Volunteering is a big part of who I am, but I never once thought I would ever be recognised for it in such an amazing way.”

Graham Guest, the principal and chief executive, said: “It is fabulous to see these two young people being recognised in this way. They are a credit to the college, who set a wonderful example to today’s young generation.”


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