Portsmouth student volunteers get recognition

Forest School Leaders Dawn White and Sue Evans with their pupils outside the school

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UNIVERSITY of Portsmouth students who gave up hundreds of hours of their free time to volunteer in the community were honoured at an awards ceremony.

Twenty-five young men and women were recognised for their work at an event at the Queen’s Hotel in Southsea, which was organised jointly by the university and its student union.

One candidate was Dawn Williams, 24, a forensic psychology post-graduate, who spent 250 hours volunteering in a police custody suite as an appropriate adult when juveniles were being questioned.

Others had worked for charities, theatres, clubs, small organisations and at sports events across the city.

Volunteering officer Alice Hickman said: ‘It was humbling to hear how many students choose to freely give their time and make such great contributions.

‘The diversity and range of activities is quite staggering.’