Award for volunteer

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A STUDENT from Daventry with severe visual difficulties has been given a major award in recognition of her volunteer work.

Rachael Nafzger, a 21-year-old second year English and creative writing undergraduate at the University of Plymouth, was born prematurely with severe sight loss.

She has been named the Triumph Award winner for the South West in the national ‘vinspired programme’, and attended a special dinner at the O2 Arena in London which saluted winners from across the country.

Alongside her studies Miss Nafzger, from the Timken estate, has given up much of her time to support good causes.

In her voluntary work at the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership, Rachel recruits and organises teams of students to carry out conservation projects on rural branch line stations.

She also volunteers at the Barn Owl Trust, the Monkey Sanctuary in Looe, the RELAYS programme, and sits on the steering group of the Students’ Union volunteering society.

Rachel said: “I have really enjoyed the opportunity to meet people through volunteering and help with some fantastic projects.

“It might sound a cliché, but I genuinely believe that it is important for students to give something back to our communities and I hope that I have been able to do so in my two years here in Plymouth and the region.”