REBECCA Wagner only needed one six-month hospital volunteer stint to apply for a medical university place but is still there 17 months later.
On Wednesday her dedication was recognised when she received the Dr Damian Kershaw Award, for a young volunteer at West Suffolk Hospital who is heading for a medical career.
It was presented by the late Dr Kershaw’s mother Jackie at the hospital’s annual ‘thank you’ event for volunteers at which 41 received long service awards.
Rebecca, 17, from Barton Mills, wants to become a doctor and has worked across the hospital because she enjoys it.
She said. “You don’t go out to get recognition, but it’s nice to know people appreciate the work you do.”
Mrs Kershaw, whose son volunteered at West Suffolk, said: “She has the determination to do anything she can to get into medicine. Damian was the same.”
Damian volunteered at West Suffolk before becoming a doctor. While serving as medical officer on a nuclear submarine at Faslane he won an award for starting an emergency accident rescue team of naval medical personnel.
He died of a heart attack aged only 28.