Year 10 student, Emma Dobson, has become the recipient of the prestigious ‘Pride of Newton Abbot College’ award, following her volunteer work with local nursing home, Woodland Court, during the lockdown period earlier this year.
Emma, who is currently working towards her bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, approached the nursing home and began writing letters to the residents; all of whom had been cut off from seeing their friends and families due to country-wide restrictions.
Along with letters, Emma also handcrafted gifts for the residents, including paper flower bouquets, soaps, candles and picture frames containing images from around Torbay.
Manager of Woodland Court, Mary Turner, in a letter to Emma and her family said: “Emma has been an amazing, shining light during this awful time. The patients have looked forward to Emma’s letters so very much. For many of our clients, even before lockdown, they were unable to leave the home due to poor mobility issues or poor health; so, to see pictures of their beloved towns were wonderful. As the Manager, I cannot thank Emma enough for her kindness and thoughtful actions during this terrible pandemic. We wish her well in everything she does and we know she will excel in whatever she goes on to do.”
The ‘Pride of Newton Abbot College’ Award is given to students who go above and beyond in their lives outside of the College environment. Principal, Paul Cornish, presented the award in front of a group of Emma’s peers.
“I wanted to do something for people who live by themselves, away from their families.” Explained Emma, “It was great to think that I helped the residents have someone to talk to when times were difficult. It is really important that we all come together and think of others in times like these.”