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Inspirational College Student Honoured for Helping Neighbours During Floods

An inspirational Coleg Llandrillo, Rhyl student who came to the aid of older residents during last year’s floods in St Asaph, was honoured at a recent awards ceremony.

21-year-old Shelly Jones, who is now living in Rhyl, was awarded second place in the ‘Community Hero of the Year’ category at the recent Denbighshire County Council’s Housing Tenant Awards 2022.

Shelly - who is studying on the Business Administration Level 2 course at the college’s Rhyl campus, and was recently voted her class representative - was commended for her tireless efforts during the flooding, which all began with water lapping up against her bed!

Shelly was made homeless in 2019. In 2020 she moved into over 55s’ temporary housing in St Asaph, as this was the only accommodation available at the time. In February 2021 - the night before she was due to move into more suitable accommodation - the floods arrived in the town.

Despite the alarming wake-up call, the first thing on Shelly’s mind was the other residents in her building. She immediately secured enough sandbags to help them battle back the water. Then, as days went by, she managed to source a range of replacement furniture for them, mainly from Crest (a charity and social enterprise).

Happily, Shelly eventually moved into permanent accommodation in Rhyl soon after the flooding, and is still in contact with some of the residents from St Asaph.

She said: “I was really happy to come second at the awards ceremony. The winner was a volunteer paramedic and his award was fully-deserved.”

Now thoroughly settled, she is aiming for a job as a hospital ward clerk. She has already completed the necessary health and care qualifications, and is now in the final year of her business administration course at Rhyl College. Shelly is also about to start volunteering for Childline at its office in Prestatyn.

Shelly added: “I am loving my time at college and the fantastic opportunities it is giving me.”

This year's Denbighshire Housing Tenant awards evening took place at the 1891 Restaurant in Rhyl to celebrate all the achievements of the county's tenants, communities and staff. The categories were Tenant of the Year, Young Tenant of the Year (under 25); Good Neighbour of the Year; Housing Resident / Community Group of the Year; Customer Services Award for Denbighshire Housing; Community Projects of the Year; Community Hero and Lockdown Hero, as well as three other gardens-related awards.

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