Alissa wins Good Neighbour/Volunteer Award

Alissa with her award

Alissa with her award

We are delighted to announce that Alissa Elsaesser has been recognised by the Carmarthen Journal for the great work she does volunteering and raising money for us.

23 year old Alissa Elsaesser from Felin Wynt near Cardigan was born with Down’s Syndrome, but she has never let anything hold her back and she is always eager to help those in need.

Alissa has just begun to live independently having moved into her own flat in Cardigan. She studied at Pembrokeshire College and enjoys many hobbies including singing, cooking and even skiing! As well as having a hectic social life, Alissa also volunteers at Carmarthen based charity Cerebra, who support children with brain conditions, like Down’s Syndrome.

For the past seven years Alissa has spent her holidays volunteering at Cerebra, helping with the administration of the charity’s two raffle draws that take place every year. She is a helpful, friendly face around the office and very much part of the team at Cerebra.

In 2015 Alissa went the extra mile by taking part in the London British 10k run to raise money for the charity. Running the race was a big challenge for Alissa but she trained hard for her challenge, motivated and encouraged by the messages of support from the local community and the donations that started pouring in. She also loved becoming a local celebrity, thoroughly enjoying all the attention from local media. Alissa raised over £2000 in personal donations with an incredible £50,000 raised by the charity through a telephone campaign.

Alissa at 10 Downing Street

Alissa at 10 Downing Street

Alissa has attended several prestigious charity events, including one at 10 Downing Street hosted by Samantha Cameron, where she helped to raise awareness of the charity and its work. Her bright, cheerful, positive outlook shines through and undoubtedly helps her achieve her aim of being able to help other children and young people with brain conditions.

Alissa was presented with her award at a glittering ceremony on 23rd September and thoroughly enjoyed her evening, dancing till the small hours. Everyone at Cerebra is incredibly proud of Alissa and would like to thank her for everything she does for us.