Abdulkadir Elmi was inspired to start fundraising to help relief work in Somalia after a drought has severely affected over half the population. He organised a series of events, including one in the Cruciform Building which raised £40k in one night. He said, “At the end of the event there was a fundraising element, where we asked people to pledge to raise money. Personally, my hope was that we might hit a £10,000 target. When we reached £40,000, it was beyond even my wildest dreams.” Abdul has since been elected President of the UCLU Somali Society and represented UCL at the One Young World Summit in Bogota, Columbia, which connects young leaders from around the world to effect positive change.
Martin Vallas Garcia received this fantastic patient-nominated award for his volunteering work at UCLH as a ‘patient befriender’ on the Haematology Inpatient ward. He visits for 4 hours per week talking to patients (armed with a box of card games and crayons for those who want to play!) and this has given him precious insights into patients’ experiences with cancer as well as building his confidence. Martin was interviewed by UCLU about his volunteering so you can read more of that on the UCLU blog.
Ivan Beckley (Year 4 MBBS) has been offered sponsorship from DeepMind to complete his MSc in Data Science for Research in Health and Biomedicine at UCL. Ivan contacted dozens of organisations asking for industry sponsorship in support of his studies before receiving an offer from the world-leading artificial intelligence company. As if Ivan is not busy enough, he also volunteers as a student mentor on our Target Medicine programme for widening participation. You can read more of Ivan’s story here.