Name: Rebecca Irvine, Sixth Year, Carrickfergus Grammar School, Co. Antrim

Background: Rebecca has a passion for medicine and helping others and began volunteering with St John Ambulance cadets, putting to practice a wide range of life saving first aid skills from primary survey to CPR to bandaging wounds.

Rebecca has volunteered at a local nursing home every week, helping those with dementia by assisting in dinner time responsibilities and assisting with large scale events to help raise vital funds.

In July 2019 Rebecca travelled with Habitat for Humanity to Buftea, Romania for 10 days as part of a 'youth build', to help construct an educational community centre to be used by two local schools, assisting with homework and educational activities. Rebecca raised over £1,000 to contribute towards the project by organising a show jumping competition at her local horse-riding school.

Rebecca’s volunteering duties have also seen her travel to Ghana independently for two weeks where she spent her mornings in Cape Coast Teaching Hospital in four different wards. She also spent afternoons volunteering at an orphanage, teaching, playing and learning from the children from both the orphanage and the primary school beside.

Rebecca’s motivation for volunteering: “My motivation for volunteering revolves around the need for change and my love for medicine and healthcare stems from a desire to make a positive impact on those around me.”

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