A six year old community volunteer and carer in Queen Edith’s has become the youngest recipient of The Mayor’s Volunteer for Cambridge Award 2020-21.
Penelope, who lives with her mum Sophia, continued helping with her community’s response to the pandemic through the Red Cross Area Resident’s Association (affectionately known as RARA) despite the added worry of helping to care for her mum, who suffered months of debilitating long-Covid. Thankfully, mum Sophia is now feeling much better and has recently been able to return to work as a nurse at nearby Addenbrooke’s hospital.
Cllr Colin McGerty, who represents Queen Edith’s ward on the City Council said:
“It was my great pleasure to nominate Penelope for this award and to present it to her today. When I heard about what she had been doing in her community and what her mum has been through at the same time, it was obvious to me that she is an uplifting example of the great many wonderful people who have volunteered during the pandemic, whether through mutual aid groups, food banks, vaccine clinics or informally, just making sure their immediate neighbours are ok. Despite the stress of lockdown and the enormous sadness of bereavement suffered by many, there have been rays of sunshine over the past year and volunteers like Penelope are a wonderful testament to the community spirit that has brought us this far.
Cllr Cheney Payne, Lib Dem Communities Spokesperson said:
“The burden of young carers was something that we raised recently in a motion that committed the council to promoting Young Carers Action Day each year and expressed support for groups such as The Carers Trust. We are so grateful to our young carers and volunteers.”