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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Ulverston teen fashionista uses talent to boost charity income

A TEENAGE fashion fanatic who turned her hobby into a way of helping a local charity shop has been nominated for a Heart of Ulverston Award.

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NOMINATED Sixteen-year-old Emily Tyson has been nominated for Young Citizen of the Year for all her volunteering work at the Cancer Research charity shop in Ulverston PICTURES BY HARRY ATKINSON REF: 50064962B003

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Emily Tyson, 16, has been put forward in the Young Citizen of the Year category, which is sponsored by Siemens.

Miss Tyson started helping out at the Cancer Research UK charity shop in King Street, Ulverston, two years ago.

A pupil at Ulverston Victoria High School, she fitted her volunteering commitments around her studies. She said she was surprised to receive a nomination for something she enjoys doing so much and added: “I was quite overcome because I really didn’t expect it.

“I was just looking for something to do really and I felt I wanted to help someone else.

“I quite like going into charity shops because I’m interested in fashion and I like seeing all the different clothes.”

She was put forward for the award by shop manager Sarah Edge, who said: “Emily constantly delivers over and above any task asked of her. Her capabilities and contributions have without doubt increased income for the charity. She is an excellent example for all our volunteers showing majority way beyond her years.”

Miss Tyson, of Pennington, hopes to use the skills she has learned from working in the shop to follow a career in fashion and plans to study art and design at Furness College in September.

She said: “Sarah is fab, she works so hard. In fact I think she should be the one getting the award. It’s made me want to do it myself as a career maybe in retail or in fashion.”

This year’s Heart of Ulverston Awards, sponsored by the Evening Mail, Siemens, GSK and Ulverston Victoria High School, will be held at the Coronation Hall on October 10.

Prizes will be awarded for 11 categories: Citizen of the year, young citizen of the year, parent or guardian, best community group, teacher of the year, sports volunteer, carer, the courage award, environmental award, enterprise and a lifetime achievement award.

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