Bristol OTC Prize 2011
A prize for the Officer Cadet in Bristol OTC who does the most for charity or the community.
The winner, Mandy Robertson, a twenty-one year old Law student from Bristol University received £100. Mandy wrote:
Whilst at school I used to be heavily involved in charity work in Liverpool, volunteering with physically and mentally disabled children as a play scheme worker with Kids Konnect Charity. I currently volunteer for two weeks each summer at Formby Holiday Club which provides art and crafts activities for primary school children. This year I set myself a goal of raising over £1,000 for the Royal British Legion. I chose them as research has shown that they have struggled since the recent popularity of Help for Heroes.
Over fifty cadets and staff took part in a 10km Christmas fancy dress fun run. Awards included: the most money raised, the fastest male and female entrant. The winner of the fancy dress award ran the route with a Christmas tree covered in lights and decorations strapped to his back; there were baubles all over the Downs! After the event, all returned to the TA Centre for carols and dinner.
We raised a grand total of £1, 399.72. The event has been set up to become an annual event with a new charity supported each year. This award was well supported by the students of Bristol OTC and will encourage similar acts of charity amongst this proactive group of students.
Mandy has decided to donate the £100 prize money to the British Legion.