Main Award – Skye Edwards

Skye is one of Healthwatch Dudley’s Young Health Champions and a passionate volunteer, supporting cancer and sick children’s charities, as well as raising awareness of organ donation.  A simply remarkable young woman and just 20 years of age.

Please click here to watch hernomination video and below is her nomination, plus photos from the evening.

Reason for nomination:

Skye has been volunteering with the DYHC project since December 2017.

Skye is an inspiration to her peers and adults around her. Despite challenges she has faced in her life and becoming a parent at 18 Skye has always thought of others before herself.

When her son was only a few weeks old she arranged a fundraising event for a cancer charity and raised several hundreds of pounds. Skye is currently planning a Family Fun Day event on June 30th to raise money for the Sick Children’s Charity who provide accommodation for parents / carers when their children are hospitalised away from home. This is particularly vital for families where their children are in specialist and long term health conditions.  This idea was triggered by a young boy called Benjamin who has spent the first year of his life in hospital awaiting a heart transplant. Skye has by herself secured a venue, persuaded local organisations and businesses to donate a variety of raffle prizes and arranged activities for the day. On the back of this Skye has now been invited by the leading Intensive Care Consultant to represent the voice of young people on the Organ Donation Committee.

Skye organised an information sharing session which was attended by local Community Development Workers, Healthwatch and a patient who has herself had a transplant. Dr Sonksen has offered to support Skye in education sessions that will be delivered as part of a campaign across schools in Dudley. Skye has also applied to get funding from the Innovation Fund to develop the project further.

Skye is very active and regularly volunteers with the DYHC project and she participates in a range of activities such as being on interview panels, local authority consultations and promotional days at the local colleges.

I would also like to add the level of engagement and consistency that Skye demonstrated during the 2 and half years of the FNP programme has been replicated in her role as a young mum.  She has, despite her own struggles at times, an incredible energy and enthusiasm for those in need and has a particular passion for fund raising and highlighting issues that she is invested in.  She is a wonderful young lady and an asset to our Borough.