An aspiring doctor is hoping to become the sixth generation of his family to work in the medical profession.
Charlie, 16, wants to follow in the footsteps of his father, Russell, a vastly experienced surgeon at Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny.
The Monmouth School for Boys’ pupil was the overall winner last year in the Wales’ Schools surgical essay competition run by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
Now the A-level student has been accepted as a School Ambassador on an exciting national mentoring scheme, called Medic Mentor.
Charlie is delighted with the new opportunity and is looking forward to helping other young people who will be applying for health care-related degrees.
“Medic Mentor is a national organisation that works with young people, mainly those from disadvantaged backgrounds who are applying for health care-related degrees like Medicine or Dentistry,” said Charlie, who is studying A levels in Biology, Chemistry, French and Russian.
“My dad is a fifth generation doctor in our family and I am hoping to follow in his footsteps.
“In my new role as a School Ambassador, I will be working with a team to discuss some of the hurdles that university applicants might face and we will be trying to work out how to overcome them.
“I am excited to be involved in Medic Mentor and excited to see what we can achieve as a group to help other young people.”
Charlie is in the first year of the Sixth Form at Monmouth School for Boys and would like to study Medicine at Oxford University or Imperial College London.
He successfully applied for the mentoring opportunity with Medic Mentor and will be part of its Education Directorate, playing an important role in improving educational initiatives.
His first meeting with the Medic Mentor Schools Council is at Pimlico Academy in London on Saturday 27th January.
Miss Emma Barson, Head of Biology at Monmouth School for Boys, said: “Charlie is interested in pursuing a career in medicine and is a worthy candidate for this exciting leadership role.
“Charlie will have an opportunity in the future to support younger students who are also considering careers in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science or Psychology.”