Name: Aurora Riddiough, Fifth year, Ballycastle High School, Co. Antrim

Background: With support from her mum, Aurora dresses up as famous characters visiting sick children as well as attending larger events and local fundraisers. After meeting two amazing young children, Noah and Gracie Coates, who have a terminal illness called Vanishing White Matter, Aurora wanted to dedicate her time to raise money to further fund research and in some small way try to make a difference.

When Noah passed away aged 12, Aurora performed a guard of honor at his funeral and while she has to overcome the emotional challenges attached to her volunteering, seeing the difference she can make and the smiles on the children’s faces helps her to overcome any obstacles she may face.

As well as personal family engagements, Aurora has taken part in larger events including Bark in the Park, Paint the Town Pink, walking the streets to raise money towards finding a cure for breast cancer.

Aurora’s motivation for volunteering: “I wanted to help young people forget about their pain and make them smile. Noah and Gracie motivated me to help everyone live a happy life and raise money to help those in need.”

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