Macmillan Academy student, Ellie Dalton, is looking to the future by experiencing working life on the neonatal unit at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.
Ellie, 17, carries out work experience twice a week helping staff and learning about the different neonatal nursing roles at the unit which cares for tiny poorly and premature babies.
She has also won the Star Fundraising Volunteer Award (sponsored by Endeavour Housing) at the 2012 Middlesbrough Volunteering Star Awards. Ellie was nominated by Sarah Barrett of Macmillan Academy for her fundraising efforts for the unit and Freeman Hospital.
Organised by Middlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency, Teesside University, West Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Trust, Middlesbrough Council, The BME Network and Community Voice FM, the awards recognise and celebrate volunteering and pay tribute to exceptional individuals and organisations who make a real difference to the lives of others.
Ellie organised a charity auction at Macmillan Academy raising a fantastic £4,500 to help future babies and their families on the unit. She said: ”I am happy to help such a worthwhile cause. I absolutely love working at James Cook and much appreciate the opportunity.”
Lynne Paterson, neonatal nurse consultant, said: “We’re delighted Ellie has won an award and proud of her achievement. She has done such a lot of fundraising for us and she should be really pleased with herself.
“She is helpful, enthusiastic and a breath of fresh air on the unit. We really appreciate her support and wish her well for the future, obviously hoping she chooses a career in nursing.”