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Hayley Gill nominated after helping younger children and volunteering at Peace Hospice
A teenager from Garston who has raised thousands of pounds for charity has been nominated for an award.
Hayley Gill, 17, has been recognised by the University of Hertfordshire Young People of the Year award, (YOPEY), which highlights the hard work of young people in their community.
Hayley, who lives in Coates Way, finds the time to volunteer and help younger children and the Peace Hospice in Watford.
With her desire to help others and to keep herself fit, Hayley also decided to take part in the Three Peaks Challenge last year in June.
This involved climbing the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales in 24 hours, alongside her teachers from her school, Parmiter¹s School, in High Elms Lane.
She said: "It was so good and fun to go with the teachers, as none of my other friends wanted to do it.
"We completed the whole event in just 22 hours and 50 minutes and managed to exceed our target.
"We raised around £2,700 for Teenage Cancer Research, so it was really worthwhile."
Although very tired after her exertions, two days later Hayley was travelling up to the Peak District again to complete the silver section of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.
She added: "We camped out for four nights in the pouring rain. "Even though it was great fun, it was great to get back to a hot shower."
Hayley was nominated for the Hertfordshire contest, where she now has the chance to win £2,000, by her teacher, Wendy Rowlands.
Wendy recognised her hard work across various community projects and schools, where she assists in Coates Way Primary School for an hour each week since last September.
The 17-year-old has also spent 140 hours working at the Watford Peace Hospice shop over the past two years.
Wendy said: "Hayley is an outstanding example of what a highly organised young person can achieve. "She greatly enjoys all that she does and is invariably positive.
"I highly commend her as a candidate for a YOPEY award.
"She is an excellent role model for all of our students, as not only does she give much of her time to help other people, she does so with great cheerfulness and an exceptionally positive manner."
The YOPEY contest was created by former national newspaper journalist Tony Gearing, to give younger generations a fairer image and encourage young people to give to the community.
YOPEY is searching for young heroes in and around Hertfordhsire and the Herts Young Person of the Year will win £800, with £400 for themselves and £400 for their good cause.
The awards ceremony will be hosted by The University of Hertfordshire in November.
To nominate a young person for YOPEY, logon on to yopey.org or write to YOPEY, PO Box 236, Newmarket CB8 1DP for a paper entry form.
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