Master’s student Bianca Nobilo (pictured) has been shortlisted for an NUS/Student Hubs volunteering award.
Bianca was nominated for her work educating young people about the risk of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome and the importance of keeping a healthy heart while at school and university. She has founded a charity, Student Heart Health, after several people close to her were affected by heart conditions.
The aim of the charity is to promote cardiovascular health in the UK student population and provide heart screenings capable of detecting fatal abnormalities to students for free. The charity focusses on three key areas to protect the cardiac health of current and future students: education programmes at senior schools and universities, advocacy work with other charities to campaign for defibrillators and screenings, and conducting medical research into the leading cardiac risk factors in the student demographic.
Bianca said: 'The NUS nomination is an unbelievably kind gesture. It has given Student Heart Health the opportunity to reach more young people and it’s much deserved recognition of all the hours Student Heart Health’s volunteers and trustees have spent working on a cause we care all about. I can’t wait to meet the four other nominees who are involved with initiatives like Childline; offering support for asylum seekers and eating disorders sufferers as well as and encouraging social action. It’s going to be a brilliant event.'
The winner will be announced on Wednesday 13 February by Nick Hurd MP, minister for civil society, at a ceremony at the House of Commons to celebrate Student Volunteering Week. Receive daily heart health tips and help to spread awareness by liking the Student Heart Health facebook page or by following Student Heart Health on twitter. To read an interview with Bianca, click here.