Stevenage resident chosen from hundreds for two-month charity placement

A RESIDENT of Comet country has been chosen from more than 1,100 entries for a two-month work placement with her favourite charity. Annette Gaykema, 26, of Haycroft Road in Stevenage, has chosen to work as a project assistant for the UK National Inventory

A RESIDENT of Comet country has been chosen from more than 1,100 entries for a two-month work placement with her favourite charity.

Annette Gaykema, 26, of Haycroft Road in Stevenage, has chosen to work as a project assistant for the UK National Inventory of War Memorials after she won a place on the Vodafone Foundation's first World of Difference UK programme.

The programme gives 500 people from across the UK the opportunity to work for a charity of their choice, with a wage paid by the Vodafone Foundation.

Annette first became interested in the UK National Inventory of War Memorials - a charity which catalogues war memorials and provides a detailed listing on its website to help commemorate people who have died in various conflicts - after she completed a full-time voluntary placement in 2009.

Annette, who begins her placement this month, said: "I'm so excited I can continue the work I did for my voluntary internship. The charity only has two paid staff members so I will really be making a difference to them."

For more information about the World of Difference UK programme, visit www.vodafone.co.uk/worldofdifference