Name: Sophia Shally, Third Year, St Louis Community School, Co. Mayo

Background: Following an accident at home when she was seven months old, Sophia was left with life-changing burns across her face, hands and scalp. Despite the painful treatment, which is ongoing, tedious travel and long periods of time away from her friends and family, Sophia finds the strength to stay positive.

A gifted musician, Sophia uses her talents to give back to the community and recently created a CD with her mother which helped raise €10,000 for the Kevin Bell Repatriation trust. The trust has repatriated 800 bodies to date including Sophia’s godfather Sean Corrigan who died tragically in Boston following an accident clearing snow from a roof.

Sophia also sells calendars every year in aid of the Dogs for the Disabled and Sophia and her mother are part of the Ministry that helps to feed the homeless in the Boston Common every week

Sophia’s motivation for volunteering: “I wanted to turn a negative experience into a positive one. I want to help those who see themselves as marginalised, those who are hurt physically and mentally and those who need love and time.”

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