Forest Gate volunteer honoured to bag a prestigious award

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 November 2016

Team London Director Laura Brown, Ashish Patel and former Spurs footballer Ledley King

Team London Director Laura Brown, Ashish Patel and former Spurs footballer Ledley King

Kois Miah

Volunteer Ashish Patel has been recognised for his hard work and passion.

The 22-year-old, of Forest Gate, bagged a prestigious award at the Team London Awards, which celebrates the outstanding contribution made by volunteers who donate their time to supporting young people earlier this month at City Hall.

The City Year volunteer, who helps out at William Ellis School in Highgate, landed the top prize in the under 25s mentoring and coaching category.

“I am honoured and feel privileged to get the award,” he said.

“It feels absolutely amazing to win the Team London Awards in the mentoring and coaching division.

“It’s probably one of the biggest achievements in my life.”

Although he has only been working for the youth social action charity for two months, he also previously volunteered with IntoUniversity for two years.

“My experience volunteering for IntoUniversity was just phenomenal,” he said.

“It was after seeing the impact that mentoring could have that I decided to do a year of full-time volunteering at William Ellis Secondary School with City Year UK.

“I hope that I can inspire more young people to get into volunteering.”

The mentor, tutor and intern is currently developing his skills in communication and interpreting at City Year for the next four years, but plans to keep helping others.

“All my dedication and passion is to improve lives of students in my local community,” he said.

“I want to do something to do with mathematics in the long term –maybe as a teacher or maybe in an education charity.”

Ashish only found his love for volunteering about four years ago, when he helped out during the London 2012 Olympics.

He said: “It all started when I volunteered for the Olympics. From then until now my passion for volunteering has grown.

“At that age I wasn’t sure on volunteering, but because it was happening on my doorstep it was something that really inspired me to volunteer.”

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