Dedicated Julie gives cash boost to families

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HARD-WORKING Julie Westcott juggles her day job in a bank with volunteering for a charity.

Now she has been named a Community Star by her employer NatWest.

To recognise her dedication, the company awarded Julie £250 to give to Home-Start Butser, a charity that helps families who are struggling to cope in the East Hampshire area.

Julie, who lives in Clanfield and works at the NatWest branch in Waterlooville, volunteers to help support a local family for up to three hours every week.

She said: ‘I was put forward by my bank manager and supported by her boss who was unaware of the commitment I have to the charity.

‘I had to tell them about Home-Start Butser and my involvement and how that impacted on the families.

‘I went head-to-head with other employees in my region who were also nominated that month and won.

‘I was then short-listed for the quarterly divisional awards and came top – this meant Home-Start Butser received £250.

‘I’m thrilled to be able to donate this money to the scheme as I know how much they rely on donations to keep their valuable work going.

‘This money will help support a family for three months.’

Nicola Winter, senior organiser of Petersfield-based Home-Start Butser, said: ‘We are so proud of Julie and grateful for the much-needed donation.’