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Thursday, 10 January 2013

Most Deserving Student

Last year, used car website launched their search for the UK’s Most Deserving Student, setting out to prove the stereotype wrong and find those students who are really going above and beyond – whether that’s by excelling at studies or sports, helping out with charities and the local community, or supporting friends and family. Over 200 nominations were received, with so many incredible stories being told. Stephen Jury, the Marketing Manager at said:

“We want to celebrate the achievements of young people across the UK and feel it’s time outstanding students were recognised for what makes them unique. Young people don’t always get the helping hand they deserve, especially when it comes to the motoring industry. So we thought a car and a donation would be a great reward to the student and their university.” advertises hundreds of thousands of 2nd hand cars on their site, and selected a Renault Twingo, worth over £5,000, as the prize for this competition, because of its low running costs and suitability to the student lifestyle. They will also donate £1,000 to the student society or group of the winner’s choosing.

The initial nominations were eventually whittled down to a shortlist of just 10 exceptional students, which is where the fun really began. The competition was turned over to the public to vote for the student they thought deserved to drive off in that nippy Renault Twingo. It’ll have been a tough decision, as each student has a fantastic story and deserves the prize. There are lots of students who volunteer: Aimie who spends her time caring for terminally ill children at Acorn’s Children’s Hospice; Keldene who volunteers at residential youth camps for children with special needs; India who took a year out of her degree to do an International Health project in Malawi and Amanda who has just spent three weeks renovating a school in Ghana and will later be leading a charity climb to Mount Kilimanjaro.

Not forgetting those who have battled hardship to excel at their studies, like David who has overcome dyspraxia and dyslexia to achieve his PhD and Adam who has a severe congenital heart valve defect, but managed to achieve excellent GCSEs and A Level results despite undergoing open heart surgery during the exam period. There are also many of the shortlist with caring responsibilities, like Shanice who cares for her partner alongside studying to become a primary school teacher, and Nathan, who has been caring for his disabled mother since the age of 10. And then there are just those who go out of their way to help others around them, like Zoe who runs a support website for the wives and girlfriends of soldiers whilst her husband serves in Afghanistan and Renee who founded the eating disorder charity BEAT.

Voting closed on 4th January 2013 and the judges will select the winner out of the three students with the most votes. So head on over to read their stories and see who will pick up the keys to the Renault Twingo and be awarded the title of’ Motors’ Most Deserving.

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