Amazing Amie from Upminster scoops top award for volunteer work
PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 May 2016
An exceptional 18-year-old, with a very long list of achievements, has received the highest honour possible for her work with St John Ambulance.
Amie Hampsheir-Gill, 18, from Upminster, received the highly prized Sovereign Award at Buckingham Palace last month.
The award is given to 10 people a year recognising outstanding contribution.
Amie, who once carried on volunteering whilst suffering from a collapsed lung, said she was “astounded” to receive the award.
She said: “It was great, when I got the letter informing me, I actually thought it was something about voting.
“I was astounded to find out I had been selected, and then also to win.”
The dedicated volunteer has been volunteering with the first aid charity since she was 10.
In 2013, she was the youngest cadet, aged 15, to be chosen to form the guard of honour for Archbishop Desmond Tutu when he was made a Freeman of the City of London.
In the same year, she also ran her own first aid centre at London’s New Year’s Day parade.
Last year, she addressed MPs at the House of Commons in support of a campaign to make first aid a compulsory subject in all secondary schools.
As well as volunteering for St John Ambulance, Amie is voluntary leader for the 10th Hornchurch Brownies and the 6th Hornchurch Guides.
In April, she was alerted by her doctor that she needed to go to hospital, but first she insisted on visiting her Brownie group.
She said: “I am very passionate about my Brownies so I checked in on them first.
“After at the hospital, I found out that my lung had collapsed and was admitted immediately.
Amie, who is also vice captain at The Coopers’ Company and Coborn school, in St Marys Lane, Upminster, said she never felt under pressure.
She said: “I think that as long as you enjoy it, you should carry on doing it and I really enjoy helping people.”
On Monday, she was selected as apprentice to the Master of the Worshipful Company of Coopers.
This means she now has a mentor, for life, who will help her by offering support and guidance.
Now in September, she will begin her history degree at the University of Roehampton, which she received an unconditional offer for.