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Coleg Cambria student wins COVID-19 Volunteer award for kindness during lockdown

Catrin Davies, currently studying for a Level 3 in Health and Social Care at Coleg Cambria, is set to receive a COVID-19 Volunteer Award from AVOW, the Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham.

The 20 year-old, from Penycae, has been supporting the vulnerable and elderly in the village – alongside the community council – over past months.

She also created the successful Penycae Rocks Facebook group and co-founded the Penycae Scarecrow competition.

Both projects have united residents and given families a much-needed escape during lockdown.

“When everyone went into self-isolation I was concerned for the more elderly members of our village, so I signed up as a volunteer to help them,” said Catrin.

“We have been delivering medication, doing their shopping, picking up prescriptions and communicating with people in self-isolation, so they don’t feel lonely and worried.”

A former pupil at Ysgol Rhiwabon, she plans to become a nurse one day and says caring for others is in her blood.

“My mum is a councillor, my Dad was an emergency planning officer and my uncle is a social worker, so trying to help people is ingrained in me,” she added.

“It was an honour to be told I’ve received this award and quite a shock as to me it’s second nature.

“It was challenging trying to juggle college work with the volunteering, but I managed it and plan to keep supporting the community for as long as they need me.”

Catrin certainly excelled in her learning and achieved two Distinction* grades following the first year of the course. She will begin the second and final year this month.

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Health and Social Care lecturer Wendy Fowler congratulated her on the award, and said: “Catrin is an exemplary learner, she embodies exactly what you need to work in the care sector.

“She is articulate, compassionate and hard working. I have known her for a few years now as she has progressed through the levels with us, and she should be proud of her achievements, as we are of her.

“She is a pleasure to teach and receiving this award shows just what a superstar she is – well done, Catrin!”