Young Volunteer - Highly Commended

Stacie Lever

Stacie began volunteering at Sue Ryder's Skipton charity shop in September 2013. She seemed shy and quiet at first, but she quickly learnt the procedures, and her confidence began to grow. She has now blossomed beyond all expectations. Stacie stuck with her training and took on feedback, showing great courage and resilience, even outside of her comfort zones.

Stacie demonstrated honesty and integrity, and within 6 months, became a keyholder for the shop. She does the cashing up on a regular basis, and moves the money from the till into the safe at the end of the day. For someone so young, she has carried considerable responsibility and looked after the shop when the manager or deputy manager have been away.

Stacie is sensitive to the emotional needs of the people around her and demonstrates an emotional maturity beyond her years. She is a good team player and works well with others, supporting new volunteers while they get to grips with their role. She encourages others to volunteer here too, and even had her mum helping during Christmas holidays.

Stacie is also a gifted fundraiser and initiated a cake sale at college with her friend Mariam, raising almost £100.

Stacie has put in a phenomenal number of hours here. She achieved her Retail NVQ and was here almost every day until recently - the experience and skills gained through her self-development here paid off, and she gained part-time employment which she is also flourishing in.

Stacie's commitment to Sue Ryder continues - she still contributes 15 to 20 volunteering hours per week. Stacie's progress has been a real success story, and she demonstrates Sue Ryder values throughout.