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Young student is a community champion

10 July 2020  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in:

Although just 12 years old, Harriett Wilson has shown independence and a maturity beyond her years in her quest to help make things better in her community. During lockdown she has not only fundraised for the Dog’s Trust Charity, but she has written to Rishi Sunak expressing her concerns about the amount of plastic pollution and putting forward ideas of how to address this.

Harriett’s quest to reduce plastic pollution stemmed from a conversation she had with Mrs Potter during her Year 7 interview when they discussed how they would both like to see a reduction of plastic pollution in school.  Subsequently, Harriett’s tutor group homework was to learn about the government and the role of local MPs, prompting her to write to Rishi Sunak.  As well as being an advocate for plastic reduction in school, Harriett has a great passion for sea life and how this is been put at risk through plastic pollution.

In her letter to Mr Sunak, Harriett raised her concerns about the problem of plastic and litter in our towns and roadsides which can harm wildlife and is harmful to the environment. She went on to suggest that all schools should make thermos water bottles a compulsory part of their school uniform, to help reduce plastic waste. Harriett was very pleased with Mr Sunak’s response, who took the time to explain a variety of measures that the government has already put in place to reduce plastic waste and reduce litter and also other initiatives for the future.

Mrs Potter, Headteacher, said: “I am most impressed with Harriett’s drive and enthusiasm to support others and how she is championing the importance of reducing plastic pollution.  She is a great role model to other students by demonstrating our school values, especially independence and resilience, and showing great respect for others and also the environment.”

During lockdown, Harriett has been helping the community by doing a bake sale to support the work of the Dog’s Trust Charity.  An avid animal lover, Harriett chose the Dog’s Trust as she has the delight of a new puppy in her family and appreciates how awful it must be for dogs that need to be put into care. Harriett, and her friend Baillea, made a selection of butterfly cakes which they sold from an outdoor cake stall in their village. With donations from kind neighbours, £27 was raised for the Dog’s Trust.

Harriett said:” I have a dog now and I hate the thought of dogs being lost, unwanted or neglected and I feel that I have done a little bit to help.”

This is not the first charity event for Harriett, she has previously raised money for sea life, her first passion, supporting the charity Save Our Seas Foundation. She is already planning her next project, this time for the RSPCA, with plans to do a 5km run on 19th July – she has set up a JustGiving page ‘animal lovers on the run’ HERE

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