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Volunteering award success for National Marrow President

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National Marrow President Nathan Highton has been named as the winner of a prestigious national volunteering award.

Twenty-one-year-old Nathan, from Chorley, Lancashire has won the Matt Spencer Award 2012 in recognition of his outstanding record of student volunteering.

The special award is celebrated during Student Volunteering Week (20 to 26 February) in memory of inspiring student volunteer Matt Spencer who sadly passed away in 2001.

Nathan was elected as National Marrow President last year and leads the UK-wide student arm of Anthony Nolan in conjunction with his full-time medical studies at the University of Southampton.

On finding out he had won the award, Nathan said: “I was very surprised at even being nominated, let alone receiving this great award. To me, I just do what I enjoy and it's really humbling to be recognised for the work students are doing across the country for charity.”

Volunteering England’s Chief Executive Justin Davis Smith said: “We are delighted to give the Matt Spencer Award to Nathan, who embodies the true spirit of student volunteering. Student Volunteering Week is a fantastic way of celebrating the contribution that students have made to communities across the country and of encouraging others to get involved. The range and diversity of activities that students are involved in is truly inspirational and the value of their contribution is incalculable.”

University of Southampton Pro Vice Chancellor Education Professor Debra Humphris added: “Nathan richly deserves this important national recognition, his leadership and energy, especially with Marrow, has a real impact on people’s lives. I'm delighted to add my congratulations on behalf of the whole University.”




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