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Good samaritans win top national award

Student volunteers who have helped over 150 disadvantaged Sheffield people transform their lives have won a top national award.

The Enactus Sheffield team from Sheffield University defeated over 35 other teams to take the title at a ceremony in London.

The students created a social enterprise company which came up with a pioneering project titled Homemade.

They worked with homeless people to create a jam-making business called Bevin’s Finest Preserve, helping them gain the skills they needed to move into full-time jobs and get a stable home.

Nineteen-year-old Enactus managing director Caroline Turner said to win the award was ‘unbelievable’.

“I saw the national competition as a brilliant way for the team to get experience and learn from innovative projects which other universities have put together,” she said.

“We never imagined that we would win the title and be chosen to represent the whole of Great Britain at the Enactus World Cup in Beijing.”

The Sheffield group is one of the biggest of its kind in the country, with over 155 members.

So far they have dedicated more than 16,400 hours to 17 separate projects.

Bethan Rimmington, aged 23, said: “Our ethos is to help meet each individual’s needs and we stick to this model whatever the project.

“For example the Hope project which helps victims of human trafficking is something which I feel exceptionally privileged to have been involved in.

“To see the transformation in people from being so vulnerable and nervous that they cannot even look you in the eye when they are speaking to you – to becoming confident, strong and successful women is absolutely amazing.”

 

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