Meet our June Bright Young Thing - Arabella Halfhide

PUBLISHED: 14:03 20 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:13 20 February 2013

Meet our June Bright Young Thing - Arabella Halfhide

Meet our June Bright Young Thing - Arabella Halfhide

Arabella Halfhide on being Deputy Head Girl, raising awareness of Hospice in the Weald, marathon running and Saturday jobs

Meet our June Bright Young Thing

Arabella Halfhide

Arabella Halfhide on being Deputy Head Girl, raising awareness of Hospice in the Weald, marathon running and Saturday jobs

Tell us about yourself

My name is Arabella Jayne Halfhide and Im 17. Ive lived in Kent my whole life, including Seal, Kemsing, Plaxtol and Hildenborough, and am currently living in Tunbridge Wells and have done so for about three years. After university and travels I see myself living in and around Kent as a lot of close friends and family live locally. I come from a very large family and live with my father, step-mother and two younger brothers, aged two and four. I have an older sister living near London. When Im not in school I spend a lot of time socialising, as well as occasionally horse riding.

What are you doing now?

At present Im doing my AS levels at Hillview School for Girls in Tonbridge, studying English Literature and Language, Philosophy and Ethics of Religion and Sociology. I have recently been elected Deputy Head Girl by the Head Master, which is a great honour. I hope to achieve an A and 2 Bs at A level before taking a gap year to gain work experience in the area of work I am most interested in, PR.

For the past six months I have had a Saturday job as a receptionist at the Atman Clinic, an osteopath in Tunbridge Wells. I have also been working closely with Hospice in the Weald, helping raise awareness in the local community and mainly targeting the younger generation. I have presented assemblies at schools to pupils aged 11-18, highlighting what the Hospice does and what it has to offer, as well as how people can help raise both awareness and money.

On 21 March I ran the Hastings Half Marathon along with my father, we both wore Hospice in the Weald vests to raise awareness while close family and friends donated money, which will go to the Hospice. Previously a large group of family and friends walked the 2009 Moonlight walk, raising close to 20,000. I hope to maintain this relationship and to do more and more for the charity. I am speaking at an event at Hever Castle this month which is celebrating the Hospices 30th anniversary, and to let people know what I have achieved alongside the Hospice.

Your future ambitions?

My ambitions for the future are to leave Hillview School with my desired A-level grades, go on to study PR at Bournemouth University and ultimately become a successful businesswoman in the PR world, specialising in fashion. I also wish to work alongside a number of charities, particularly the charity Hospice in the Weald.

Whats best about living in Kent?

For me the best thing about living in Kent is its location. You are never far from a quaint village with a perfect country pub and a decent walk, yet able to visit the towns and of course London. I believe Kent really is the Garden of England and a beautiful place to live.

Your hobbies and interests?

I would say my hobbies and interests tend to vary a lot. Depending on my mood and the time of the year; I enjoy an afternoon spent in Caff Nero with a coffee and a crossword as well as swimming and going to the gym in the evenings. I try to horse ride on Sundays though I do love to stay in bed and read. I love to cook and host dinner parties for friends regularly. I love meeting new people, so try and make the most of my weekends by going out.

What was the last book you read?

The last book that I read was The Handmaids Tale by Margret Atwood. I love to read and tend to get through a book a week. They range from the trashy romantic teen books to the great classics like Jane Austens Pride and Prejudice, Emily Brontes Wuthering Heights and Daphne Du Mauriers Rebecca.

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