Helping out is great fun

Amber Hamilton has been shortlisted for a national charity volunteer award

Amber Hamilton has been shortlisted for a national charity volunteer award

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A KIRKCALDY teenager has been shortlisted for a national charity volunteer award.

Amber Hamilton (15) has been selected as a finalist in the ‘Young Volunteer of the Year’ category in the PDSA’s annual Volunteer Awards.

The dedicated young helper was chosen for her outstanding passion and commitment to the charity.

Amber got involved when she contacted her local volunteer centre as part of a school lesson. But she didn’t know then that she would go on to become one of the charity’s most valued local volunteers!

Free time

Amber gives up her free time to help at PDSA’s busy store in Kirkcaldy which raises vital funds for local sick and injured pets.

The teenager joined the new store when it opened in June and helped out four days a week. She now volunteers twice a week alongside her other commitments including volunteering for another good cause.

Amber is a huge animal lover and has her own dog, Bailey.

Jacqueline Brown, PDSA assistant store manager, nominated Amber for the accolade.

She said: “When Amber first volunteered we thought it would be a passing fad. With her cute make-up, fancy hair-dos and late nights giggling with friends, who’d have thought she’d get up early four days a week through the summer to turn up at 9.00 a.m!

Committed

“Amber is one of our most committed volunteers, proved by the fact she continues to come in on her one day off a week.

“She will do any task with a smile and a bounce in her step. She’s a popular volunteer and keeps staff and customers upbeat. I’m delighted her efforts have been recognised.”

Amber said her love of animals inspired her to join PDSA: “I have always loved animals and made enquiries at the local volunteer centre.

“They mentioned that PDSA takes on young volunteers so I went to see the staff and they were friendly. The store seemed like a really nice place to work.”

“I’d really recommend volunteering to other people who want to have fun as well as helping a good cause like PDSA.”

To find out more about PDSA contact 0800 854 194 or visit www.pdsa.org.uk.