Tom Watts, 23
Name: Tom Watts
Where do you live? Saltburn-by-the-Sea
Favourite film: I’d say probably Alvin and the Chipmunks 2. Just kidding, maybe Gladiator.
Favourite TV show: Match of the Day
Favourite book: The Hitchhikers Gudie to the Galaxy
Favourite holiday spot:
Lake Bled, Slovenia. It’s this clear blue lake, an island in the middle of it with a church on the island, and a high cliff face on one side of the lake with a Castle on the top of the cliff. And snow capped mountains on all sides. It’s the most picturesque place I’ve ever seen.
If you were given £50,000, how would you spend it?
I would donate it all to the school project of course! But apart from that, I think I would buy a new car as I’m learning to drive at the moment.
That’s a tough one. Jack of all trades, I guess!
Where did you hear about the project?
I think I was just walking past the school and went in to have a look at what was going on.
How long have you been volunteering at the school?
About a month.
What sort of work have you been doing at the school?
Mostly lots of typing, cataloging, databases. All that kind of stuff, but anything I can do to help really.
Why do you volunteer?
Well it’s just nice to be doing something useful, and doing something that contributes towards the community in some way. I used to go to the old school so I’m happy that something is happening with it now and that I can be a part of it.
What do you enjoy about volunteering?
One thing I’m looking at right now is applying for funding to turn the old school yard into a multi-use sports/games area. The idea is maybe two five-a-side football pitches that can also be used for other sports like netball, cricket or even archery. I’m looking forward to seeing how that develops. I love sport myself and it would be great for there to be something like that for the local area, because at the moment there are no other outdoor sports facilities in Saltburn and even the field opposite the golf course is closed off. So hopefully that can happen and it will encourage people to exercise more and play sport, maybe even people who otherwise might not get involved. That would be fantastic.