Nominate your Journal Good Egg
PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 June 2011
The Journal has launched a Good Egg award to recognise those who do good deeds for others. No matter how small the deed, let the Journal know and we will tell the town.
A Brixington teenager, who funded a day trip for people suffering from brain injuries after spending the day in a wheelchair has been awarded the Journal’s first Good Egg accolade.
If you know someone in the community who has done a good deed for others that deserves recognition, let the Journal know.
The Good Egg awards will be printed each week to spread the word of each selfless act – no matter how small the deed.
Learning Access Employment Programme student George Smith, 17, of Langstone Drive, raised £107 for Headway Devon – a charity which supports adults and children with brain injuries – after visiting brain injury sufferers at the charity’s centre in Honiton.
The cash George raised will fund a minibus for the group to enjoy a day out.
The teenager is further boosting funds by organising donations of plants from local businesses for Headway’s Honiton day centre’s plant sale.
Angela McBrayne, of E2E in The Parade, which supports 16-19 year olds in education, employment and training nominated George.
She said the teenager had ‘shone’ in his charity work, spending the day in a wheelchair after a tutorial about the brain injury charity.
A visit was arranged for George to meet clients at the Honiton centre.
When he asked them what they would like most, the answer was ‘a day out’.
Angela said: “He was so moved that he wanted to get involved.
“George set about arranging the event, something he wanted to do quickly.
“He felt that spending the day in a wheelchair would give him a better insight of what wheelchair users experience.
“He came across many problems – wheelchairs not fitting under work tables, kerbs not dropped enough – and he also got stuck in a lift,” she added.
“George raised £107, which is enough to cover the cost of a mini bus for the clients to have a day out.
“He has also exceeded this by organising plant donations for their plant sale from Otter Nurseries and Homebase.
“He is continuing the good work – something he feels he wants to do.”
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