PRESTON, Lancs. -- Alongside her academic and athletic commitments with Myerscough Basketball Academy, Jadzea Quinn has actively pursued her volunteer work with the charity HOPE, which helps people touched by trauma.
"The charity means a lot to me," said Quinn, who joined the girls programme in its inaugural year. "I enjoy knowing I'm able to help people and it's made me more confident in a lot of aspects of my life and I'm honoured knowing I can have an impact on other people's lives."
Based in Sheffield, HOPE has operated since 2006 within South Yorkshire and other local communities providing peer support networks for people that have lost loved ones in fires, road traffic collisions and other tragedies.
The charity was the recipient of the Duke of Community Initiative Award in 2017 and Quinn had the chance to attend the ceremony at St James's Palace and Meet the Duke of York, chatting to him about her involvement with HOPE and its achievements.
HOPE, meanwhile, recently achieved charitable status and launched its latest chapter in front of volunteers, beneficiaries and dignitaries including HM Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire and all four South Yorkshire Mayors at an event at Riverside House.
Quinn, whose confidence grows through her work, was able to address the guests in the room and spread further spread what HOPE does for the community.
The charity, which is supported by South Yorkshire Fire & Rescure, now wants to put its skills towards helping prevent emergency incidents from happening in the first place in its latest endeavour.
HOPE has been commissioned to deliver road safety education packages to schools by the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership whilst its volunteers are beginning to carry out home safety checks on behalf of the fire service.
Quinn finished, "The recognition the charity has received shows how important the work we do is."
Quinn is due to complete a Level 3 BTEC Extend Diploma in Basketball Studies this summer. To find out more about basketball study programmes available at Myerscough College, click here.
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