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Coronation Champion Emilia McRobie stands in the centre of a group of five students, all smiling and waving at the camera.

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Student with passion for volunteering named as Coronation Champion

April 26, 2023

A kind-hearted student with a passion for volunteering has been named as a Coronation Champion.

Emilia McRobie, a third year Education and English student at Edge Hill University, has been recognised for her role as president of the University’s ‘Uni Boob Team’, a society representing breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel.  

She has also previously volunteered with children’s tutoring and befriending service Success4All and as a school football coach, teaching assistant and librarian. 

Alongside her studies and volunteering, Emilia has spent many years caring for her mum Emma who suffers from multiple chronic conditions including fibromyalgia and lupus. 

The 21-year-old from Gateshead is one of just 500 Coronation Champions selected by The Royal Voluntary Service in celebration of the coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla. 

Emilia said:

“When I found out I had been selected I was so overwhelmed! 

“I have never taken part in volunteering to gain awards but it feels really special to get some recognition for all the hard work I have put in for charities throughout the years. Volunteering is a massive part of my life and I don’t think I would have the opportunities I do now without it. 

“Working to support CoppaFeel! over the last two years has enabled me to give back to the community as well as having a creative outlet to do something different alongside my degree.” 

Coronation Champion Emilia McRobie and another student holding a collection bucket smile at the camera while standing in front of a supermarket checkout and member of staff.
Coronation Champion Emilia McRobie (right) raising funds and awareness for CoppaFeel!

Emilia’s exceptional hard work and passion for helping others prompted Edge Hill scholarship officer Zoe Clifford to nominate her for a Coronation Champion. 

“Emilia has won two Edge Hill University scholarships as a result of her volunteering during her time at Edge Hill,” Zoe said. “The dedication, enthusiasm and commitment she has shown, specifically through the hard and testing times of the Covid-19 pandemic, is phenomenal. 

“I was particularly impressed with her creative and inclusive approach to fundraising and campaigning for CoppaFeel! 

“When I was made aware of the Coronation Champions I immediately thought of Emilia and how it would be a great way to recognise all of her hard work.” 

Coronation Champions will receive a specially designed, official pin, a signed certificate from Their Majesties and the chance to attend an official coronation event. 

Emilia, who is going on to study for a PGCE in Secondary Maths, will pass on the role of Uni Boob president when she graduates but she will be continuing to support CoppaFeel! as a “Boobette” volunteer. 

She added:

“CoppaFeel! holds a huge place in my heart after my grandma survived her breast cancer scare and it is important to me that I am able to raise awareness of something so vital for young people.” 

Emilia is taking part in a trek along Hadrian’s Wall for the charity, alongside celebrities such as blogger and TV presenter Giovanna Fletcher; you can donate using the JustGiving page

April 26, 2023


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