Davison students rewarded for volunteering

W48 DIANA''Recipients of the Diana Award from Davison High.
W48 DIANA''Recipients of the Diana Award from Davison High.

Seven selfless students have had their tireless volunteering rewarded after receiving a coveted award.

The Davison High School for Girls students each scooped a Diana Award, which was set up in the name of the late Princess Diana.

The national awards scheme recognises young people aged between nine and 18, who support others and strive to improve their communities.

Jazmina Naftel, Poppy McGill, Gemma Shaw, Amelia Smith, Emma Waters, Jessica Weston and Lenka Wilkinson all got their awards in the 
“Diana Champion Volunteer” category.

They all give up their Saturday mornings and days in their school holidays to help younger children at the school’s Youth University programme, which offers out-of-school learning opportunities.

Andrea Peebles, deputy manager of the Youth University programme, said: “We at Davison are extremely proud of these wonderful young people.

“We were particularly delighted that Poppy McGill and Lenka Wilkinson were invited to the awards ceremony at Barclays HQ in London to receive the awards on behalf of all the YU volunteers.”

Andrea said that the award would help inspire others.

She added: “The Diana Award will encourage them to continue their work and will, hopefully, inspire others to volunteer in their schools 
and communities.”

After winning the awards, the students will automatically join the Diana Network, a programme offering young people the opportunity to volunteer, gain valuable life skills and put these into practice with internships and work placements.

Maggie Turner, chief executive of the Diana Award organisation, said: “We are delighted to recognise young volunteers who give their time to support others and improve their communities.

“We know that with the Diana Award they will inspire others to make a real positive difference to their communities.

A total of 36,000 children have received a Diana Award since its inception in 1999.

For more information on the Diana Award, or to make a nomination, visit www.diana-award.org.uk