Outstanding teenager receives top award

SO PROUD: Mum Jane Grubb says Emily is an amazing person.
SO PROUD: Mum Jane Grubb says Emily is an amazing person.

A schoolgirl with a burning ambition to be a doctor has been singled out for praise for her voluntary work at a charity in Sudbury.

Emily Grubb, 16, from Radiator Road in Great Cornard, won the Suffolk Under-25 Volunteer of the Year award in recognition of her voluntary work at the Kernos Centre in Friars Street.

She also volunteers at the St Nicholas Hospice Care shop in Gainsborough Street and helps at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

Annabel Wyatt, Kernos administrator, said Emily’s attitude was exceptional.

“She’s an outstanding 16-year-old who goes over and above what’s expected of her,” she said. “She has only been volunteering here for a short while but, during that time, she has made a huge impression.

“We get young people and adolescents in the office and Emily is easily able to make them feel at ease. I was delighted to nominate her for this award.”

Emily’s mum Jane said: “I am so, so proud of her. She’s just a good egg who spends her holidays helping others

“She wants to study medicine and be a doctor and is working really hard to achieve straight As.”

Emily, who has a 14-year-old sister Florence, won £250 for the Sudbury charity as well as a silver salver.

Awards are given annually to voluntary sector workers by the High Sheriff of Suffolk, and six were given out last week by current High Sheriff Andrew Norman-Butler, who lives in Stoke-by-Nayland.

Other winners included Sudbury Police and its CCTV volunteers, who together won the Suffolk Partnership of the Year award.

Inspector Paul Crick, from Sudbury Police, said: “Frankly, we are delighted to have won.”