AN Ealing student has been praised for helping people overcome challenges during lockdown.  

Kaire Olesk was named volunteer of the year by the University of West London after using her talents to help families in the community and improve wellbeing on campus.

It follows more than a decade as a carer, supporting children with complex clinical needs.

Since beginning her Psychology BA (Hons) course, she has been a mentor and wellbeing champion on campus as well as coaching A-level students in underprivileged areas. 

Kaire, who lives in Ealing and is due to graduate this summer, is now using her time in lockdown to help via an online support group for people across west London.

They include those with terminal illness and young people with substance misuse problems.

She said: “It has always been a part of me to try to help when I can. I believe that kindness will help me grow, and if just one person is kind to another then it creates a chain which can help those who really need it. 

“After this pandemic, there will be a lot of people finding themselves in a difficult position and we need to understand how every ability is useful and that we all have something to offer.”