An Edge Hill University student who is a dedicated volunteer for several children’s charities has won a prestigious national award.

Thomas Holt, a second year BSc (Hons) Children’s Nursing student from Ormskirk, has been named the UK Student Volunteer of the Year 2013 at the Student Volunteering Awards.

Over the past two years, Thomas has dedicated 166 hours to over 400 children for ChildLine as a telephone counsellor. He is part of a mentoring scheme on behalf of ‘Action for Children’ and is also an active Beaver, Cub and Scout leader, working with more than 50 children a week aged from six to 15.

Thomas was nominated by Edge Hill Students’ Union. He said: “I was very surprised at just being shortlisted for the Student Volunteer Awards, so being named as the UK Student Volunteer of the Year is absolutely fantastic. I enjoy every minute of working with the children, their other leaders and their parents and I want to dedicate this award to them.

“I would like to thank the Students’ Union for nominating me and my parents for all of their support. I feel the award reflects what I have achieved and I hope this will inspire others to put an hour or two aside a week to volunteer.”

He will receive a £1,000 donation to go towards a charity of his choice. You can read more about why Thomas volunteers by visiting his blog.

The Student Volunteer Awards took place on Wednesday 13th February in the Houses of Parliament. The awards form part of Student Volunteering Week, which takes place from Monday 11th – Friday 15th February. It is a national celebration of student volunteering and the positive differences that students have made to their University and wider communities.

As part of the celebrations, events will be taking place throughout the week on the Ormskirk campus and several organisations and charities will be offering volunteering opportunities to students, including:

  • VESL – A charitable organisation who provides opportunities to teach English to students in Thailand and India for six weeks. (Monday 11th).


  • Lancashire County Council Volunteering Team – Their volunteering opportunities include becoming an active member of the community and helping those in need. (Wednesday 13th).


  • WRVS – A charity which helps older people lead the lives they want will offer opportunities to those who want to help adults with dementia. (Thursday 14th, B002, Business School).


  • Xtreme Storm – A company who run the toughest obstacle course in the UK are looking for volunteers to work at their upcoming event (Friday 15th).

Their presentations take place from 12:00pm – 2:00pm in the Student Hub (except listed otherwise) and have been organised by Volunteering Co-ordinators Helen Rimmer and Jennie Owen, who are part of Edge Hill’s Careers Centre.

They said: “The week celebrates all the amazing volunteering work carried out by students throughout the UK and we hope students at Edge Hill will make the most of this.

“With the jobs market more competitive than ever, volunteering is seen as key experience by employers when recruiting. This is the perfect opportunity for students to build their CV’s and gain the skills they need for when they start applying for jobs.”

For more information about Student Volunteer Week, email or visit the Careers Centre, located in the Student Information Centre.