Harriet Smith, aged 20, was presented with the Inspirational Role Model award at the annual Celebration of Youth Awards which was held at the Towngate Theatre in Basildon on October 21.…
Harriet was nominated for the award by Donna Finch, ECFRS Children and Young People Manager, for the way she has inspired other young people as an instructor on Down Syndrome Extra 21 Firebreaks.
Donna said: “Since the very first day I met Harriet she has shown remarkable dedication to working with ECFRS. We are incredibly proud of her.
“She took part in the first Down Syndrome Extra 21 Firebreak and has gone on to use what she has learned to go on to become an instructor on the course inspiring other students as a role model.
“Harriet also carried out the voluntary section of her Duke of Edinburgh award with us carrying out home fire safety visits.
“Even after completing the Duke of Edinburgh award, she continues to offer home fire safety advice to her friends and family and has volunteered to give up a week of her time in order to help instruct the next Extra 21 Firebreak which is due to take next year.
“We are all so very proud of Harriet. This award is richly deserved, she is a real inspiration.”
Harriet was presented the award by the Mayor of Basildon, Cllr. Mo Larkin
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