2019 Shortlist

Courtney Hughes BEM

  • 3 weeks ago
  • written by NDA



Secret Santa 365 is a non-profit organisation founded in 2012 by then 12-year-old Courtney Hughes BEM. The organisation distributes gifts for sick and vulnerable members of the Oxfordshire community, supporting those in need 365 days a year. Now in its 8th year, the charity has expanded rapidly from handing out 250 gifts in its first year to an astonishing 50,000 gifts, essential items, food hampers, clothing and furnishing being provided to thousands of vulnerable people. Inspired by Courtney’s Great Grandmother, Courtney and her Team enrich the lives of others by the giving of gifts, befriending, loneliness support, care and food packages. In 2013 Courtney was diagnosed with long term health condition M.E, but this hasn’t deterred her from wanting to continue to help others. With a passionate team of volunteers, the charity also offers volunteering and training opportunities for young people undertaking NCS.

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