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Student from Stowupland High School near Stowmarket clocks up hundreds of volunteering hours

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A secondary school student from Stowmarket has clocked up hundreds of hours of volunteering work in just over a year, including caring for two orphaned lambs.

Spencer Campbell, 16, who studies at Stowupland High School, started volunteering at the Museum of East Anglian Life in January last year.

Since then, he has spent 356 hours working as an estate worker at the museum, helping to look after and maintain the site.

Spencer Campbell. Picture: John Milton Academy Trust. (47421319)
Spencer Campbell. Picture: John Milton Academy Trust. (47421319)

“I’m very much an outdoors person," Spencer said.

“So having jobs to do in the fresh air and always having things to do is perfect for me.

“When I first started, I didn’t see it as doing something for the community, it was just something to keep me busy.”

Peter Whear, Stowupland High School headteacher. Picture: Mecha Morton.
Peter Whear, Stowupland High School headteacher. Picture: Mecha Morton.

Spencer is also part of the animal care team at the museum, which involves him helping to feed, water and provide everyday general care to the animals at the museum.

Spencer, who is currently studying for his GCSEs, has also completed a two-week lambing work experience programme and since taken two orphaned lambs under his wing at home.

He has been feeding them every four hours, with help from his parents when he is at school.

“They will be leaving soon, hopefully to be rehomed at the museum,” he said.

“I’m really going to miss them – just not the 5.30am feeding time.”

On top of this, Spencer also volunteers at the Café on the Rec, on the recreation ground in Stowmarket, helping maintain the grounds close to the café, as well as volunteering as a groundsman for Walsham-le-Willow sports club.

He also helps keep the rose beds at St Mary’s Church in Combs Ford – and has currently clocked up another 20 hours volunteering there.

Peter Whear, headteacher at Stowupland High School, which is part of the John Milton Academy Trust, said: “We are very proud of Spencer’s volunteering; he has dedicated hundreds of hours of his spare time to give vital support to these local charities.

“His volunteering makes a huge difference to people in the area and his dedication to helping others is an inspiration to us all.”

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