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Featured Individual: Amelia Litherland

Our 2019 Most Outstanding Individual Award Winner.

Amelia Litherland has been an animal lover since she was young, saving any injured or distressed wildlife. Even feeding an injured magpie at school, when no sanctuary would take it. She eventually found one and persuaded a teacher to drive over 20 miles to help it!

She has her own chickens, supplying a local tea room (where she now works with the elderly) and various staff at school! She is responsible for their welfare and also re-homes unwanted or ex factory chickens.

She has helped throughout school with organic plant growing, weeding, even making wreaths and tubs for fairs.

Amelia has relished the opportunity to participate in the Trashion show for the last two years and continues to use sustainability within her textiles work.

She has delivered assemblies on the issues of Franking to 400 children at a time.

In September last year alongside her friend Megan, they delivered assemblies about homelessness. She inspired 42 students and 7 members of staff to sleep rough outside the school. From this, ten students formed a social young enterprise company; Supporting the Streets. This is the first young enterprise company, which donates all profits to the homeless. Amelia is the Managing Director. On the day of the sleep out, over 600 portions of soup were made, from donated produce. Amelia coordinated letters to local companies and made personal visits. Over 100 Bags of Love were made and distributed to the homeless, via lock charity Maundy Grange. The Bags of Love contain a preloved outfit, new underwear, a coat, snacks, a book and toiletries. Over 300 kg of textile waste was diverted from landfill.

To help fund raise for STS Amelia has manned stalls for STS at fairs, designing and making Christmas cards and other gifts, as well as helped provide much needed cups of tea at parent’s evenings! They even had a stall at Manchester Christmas market. We are extremely proud of STS for what they have achieved both in raising over £500 and what they learnt from their experience sleeping rough outside. As a result, there has been a real attitude change within school.

As her prize, Amelia will enjoy a private one on one time with Dr Jane later this year!

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