From a young age Caitlin, 19, has been concerned about the welfare of others. In high school she helped raise money by making and selling cakes for local Charities. A trip to help in a Zambian school opened her eyes to what life is like for children and the everyday struggles they face. She donated the proceeds from car boot sales to buy materials for the school. She also donated all her cherished football kits to the children there. When clothes sorting with a local refugee support charity, Caitlin listened to some of the stories about refugees and decided to take a gap year and use her savings from her birthdays which she had collected over the years to travel to Samos, Greece, and help at a camp for refugees. She worked 6 days a week for 6 weeks helping at the camp they call ‘the Jungle’, sorting clothes in the warehouse and distributing them, and organising kids activities. While in Samos she asked the parish if they could raise some funds so she could buy some play equipment for the children in the camp and so was able to buy materials for the kid’s activities. The camp was grim and life there extremely hard. She witnessed a great deal of things that have changed her life but the feeling of being needed carried her through.
Caitlin’s nominator said, “Caitlin would be honoured to have a Celebrating Young People Award although she hesitated allowing her name to go forward as she is not seeking any glory. She says if the award helps highlight the miserable conditions the refugees in Samos are living in, then that makes it worth putting her name forward.
Caitlin Howell-Williams, 19
St Mary Help of Christians Parish, Holyhead (Diocese of Wrexham)