Marlborough teenager to honour her community and charity
12:30pm Saturday 24th August 2013 in Latest News
Young Conservative Ellie Thompson aims to give something back to the Marlborough community before she goes to university by organising a charity extravaganza.
Ellie, 18, has finished her international baccalaureate course at St John’s School and in September is going to the School of Oriental and African Studies at London University to study politics and Arabic.
But before she leaves she will be putting on the event at the town hall tomorrow to give people a more hands-on experience of what it is the charities involved in the extravaganza do.
Ellie, of High Street, Burbage, chairs Conservative Future for Devizes, the youth wing of the Conservative Party, and hopes that if the day is a success it can be be extended across the constituency.
She said: “Conservative Future has a keen interest in social action which is about us giving something back to the community.
“I have lived in the area for a decade and I wanted to do something bigger for the community.”
Both local and national charities will be involved in the event and on the day Support Our Soldiers will be packing shoe boxes to send to the armed forces overseas.
Any visitors to the event can help with the task of filling 200 shoeboxes.
Ellie said: “The whole idea was to do something engaging.
“I’ve been to so many events where there are just charity stalls and they had out flyers and it’s just so boring.
“We’ve had donations from Waitrose Marlborough, the Fraser Budgen’s Group and the Cornish Tea Company and I’m also hoping people will bring their own donations and make up their own shoe box.”
Ellie has been part of the Conservative Future for three years and this is the biggest event she has organised.
She said: “It’s been fun but a lot of hard work.
“I’ve been working and finishing my exams at the same time so it’s a lot to fit in.”
The event runs from 9.30am until 4pm.
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