A 20-year-old living with leukaemia has been shortlisted for an award in recognition of his fundraising and volunteering work for charity CLIC Sargent.
Pete Jerrett, of Keyham, Plymouth, is nominated in the Young Person’s Achievement Award at the Charity Staff & Volunteers Awards 2015 for his dedication to CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people.
Pete started fundraising and volunteering for the charity 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 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.
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Stephanie Cherington-Rimmell was so impressed with Pete’s dedication she nominated him for a Charity Staff & Volunteers Award. Pete will find out if he has won his category at a ceremony on Thursday.
Pete said: “I was really surprised to be nominated for the award. I never think of myself as anything too special so it’s really nice to see someone thinks I am! I don’t do the fundraising for any recognition"
I do it to give something back to CLIC Sargent because they have helped me and my family so much.
“I’m not sure how we would have managed without CLIC Sargent. My mum was able to stay at Sam’s House, one of CLIC Sargent’s homes from home in Bristol, which was a godsend. Our social worker Suzie was there for the emotional side of things too. Suzie was there from day one and she’s still there for me now. She is just amazing. She’s also helped us financially by arranging grants and assisting us in applying for benefits.”
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.
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Stephanie Cherington-Rimmell 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.”
To find out more about Pete’s fundraising efforts visit https://www.justgiving.com/petejerrett/