Hello, my name is

Ben Thornbury

Student - 18 Years Old

About me

I am an enthusiastic T-level student who studies Digital Support Services at Cirencester College and has a passion for ICT and helping others.

I am always open to new projects to get involved with; please do not hesitate to get in contact with me.

Over the years, I have been actively involved with the local community of Malmesbury, Wiltshire, running a community group and participating in many different activities. All of this has taught me very important life skills, which I will take forward into the realm of work.

I have been featured in many different local and national newspapers. I was even given the opportunity to go live on BBC Breakfast in 2023, this was to talk about Helping Clean Malmesbury.

Back in 2020, i also took on the major task of trying to plant 225 trees. I had to find the land for these trees to be planted on. Some of these were donated to Wottoon Bassett Rugby Club and others were planted in the Reeds Farm estate. The Metro newspaper even wrote a story on it.

What I do

Since a young age, I have been involved in a lot of volunteer projects and gained a lot of experience along the way.

helping The community of malmesbury

Alongside my neighbor Julie, we started the clean-up campaign in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. The aim was to clean up the streets and keep it looking tidy.

The Facebook group is now at 600+ members and continues to spread awareness of the issue of litter in the town.

This taught me a lot, as I used to be the person applying for grants for the group to buy equipment.

Missing People - lost but loved

I founded 'Missing People - Lost but Loved'. The aim was to reunite missing people with loved ones.

Since the Facebook group was formed, it has reached 2.6K members and continues to grow.

The website was built by myself, and my hope is to continue to reunite missing people with family and friends.

Work experience

For my work experience, I did it at Renew Malmesbury, which is a sustainable shop for the local community. I worked on social media and shop systems.

I also volunteer at the Missing People charity as an SEO volunteer for them. This has provided me with great knowledge of how Search Engine Optimization works for such a big website.

Most recently, working on the Athelstan 1100 project.

My Experience:

2018-Present

Self Employed 

gardening

From a young age, I began doing gardening for local residents of Malmesbury, Wiltshire. I built up a good name for myself.

2019-2020

Red Bull Pub

Sticking up

This was a very fast paced job which involved sticking up skittles so the team can continue to play, once a player has knocked them down.

2021-2021

Dysons

Cleaner

I was a cleaner up at the Dysons site in Malmesbury. Until I started my college course at Cirencester College.

2022-Present

Co-Op

team member

Working as part of the team on the shop floor.

Awards:

Over the years, I have received many awards:
–¬†Environment Blue Peter Badge (2020)
I sent a letter in the post, and I received the badge back from them for all my environmental work. Read more here
Pride of Light Award (2020)
This was awarded to me after I created a COVID-19 support website, to assist those who could not get out the house during the pandemic. You can read more here.
– High Sheriff Award – 2021 (for my work during the Covid-19 pandemic)
I was awarded this by Ashley Truluck for my work during Covid on my support website.
Malmesbury Town Council (Junior and Young)
I won Junior citizen of the year award and Young. The town council were always very supportive of my work. Read more here
High Sheriff Award (2023)
I was awarded an award by Lady Lansdowne. You can read more here
Good neighbour awarded by BBC Wiltshire (2023)
In 2023, I was awarded by BBC Wiltshire for all my work over the years. I was nominated by a local resident, and I won! Through this, I was given the opportunity to speak with James Blunt, and I was featured in a Christmas Special Radio Documentary with him. Read more here