A 20-year-old living with leukaemia has won a national award in recognition of his fundraising and volunteering work for charity CLIC Sargent.
Pete Jerrett, of Keyham, Plymouth, was presented with the Young Person’s Achievement Award at the Charity Staff & Volunteers Awards 2015 at an awards ceremony on Thursday March 5.
Pete started fundraising and volunteering for children and young people’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent to say thank you for the support it has given to him and his family since he was diagnosed with cancer in May 2013.
He spent eight months in hospital after his diagnosis and CLIC Sargent was able to provide free accommodation for his mum at one of its homes from home in Bristol, as well as a social worker, who has been able to provide vital financial and emotional support to the whole family.
As soon as he was well enough Pete threw himself into fundraising for CLIC Sargent and has also become a volunteer representative for the charity, organising and attending various events to raise funds and awareness.
After winning his award, he said: “I was really surprised but pleased to win, I didn’t think I would. The volunteering and fundraising I’ve done for CLIC Sargent is just a small fraction of the support they have given me and my family.
“When I was diagnosed we used one of the charity’s Homes from Home for eight months and I have an amazing social worker who has supported me from day one and is still there supporting me now. I’m really honoured to have won this award for CLIC Sargent."
Pete was nominated for the award by CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Stephanie Cherington-Rimmell, who was impressed with Pete’s dedication to fundraising and volunteering.
Stephanie said: “Pete has been a fantastic volunteer over the last year.
While battling his cancer, Pete has focused on remaining positive and has helped to raise a significant amount for CLIC Sargent.
“Alongside fundraising at his school and in his local community, Pete has become a Volunteer Representative to attend events on behalf of the charity and organise new and exciting activities in the city of Plymouth. Since June 2013, Pete, along with family and friends have raised over £4,000 for CLIC Sargent, which is an incredible amount.”
Pete, who is still being treated for his leukaemia, has been helped by his friends and family to raise more than £4,000 for CLIC Sargent with events at schools, pubs and shopping centres. The next planned event is a silent auction and art exhibition on April 10 at Art Frame Solution, in Plymouth.
To find out more about Pete’s fundraising efforts visit https://www.justgiving.com/petejerrett/