Millfield student Lily Della Valle from Shepton Mallet has won the Marie Curie Young Supporter of the Year as recognition for her outstanding fundraising and support in her local community.
Now in Upper Sixth, former Millfield Pre-Prep and Prep pupil Lily has volunteered for three years as a collection box coordinator in Somerset. This entails collecting tins from 30 establishments in her area, banking the money and writing a thank you letter to every box holder to notify them how much they have raised. She has also held her own fundraising events including cake sales, a pub quiz and frequent collection days at her local supermarket. She also gained permission to sell Marie Curie Christmas cards in the Millfield onsite shop.
Lily was recognised for her outstanding contribution to the worthy charity by her line manager who nominated her secretly. The email came to Lily as an exciting surprise over lockdown and she will be attending a virtual Fundraising Excellence Award Ceremony this month.
Lily’s housemistress Joy Gray says, “Lily is honestly the epitome of all that is brilliant about Millfield. She’s been my deputy Head of House this term and has done an amazing job motivating the girls through lockdown.”
Millfield encourages students to support their local communities in any way they can. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic this year, Millfield has worked closely with the Parish and District Councils to provide food to vulnerable members of our community. Local students have also volunteered in hospitals and replenished supermarket shelves with vital supplies.
Find out more about Millfield in the community here.