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Inspirational Student Receives Courage Award In Memory of Princess Diana

A UTC Sheffield student has received an award in memory of Princess Diana for showing courage in the face of adversity.

Lauren, aged 16, is studying creative and digital media at UTC Sheffield City Centre campus on Matilda Street. She has been awarded a Diana Courageous Citizen Award.

“I was pleased to be given an award for something I love doing. I like helping others if I can, and enjoy my volunteering very much,” said Lauren.

Brigidin Crowther, Assistant Principal, UTC Sheffield City Centre campus, said: “We are immensely proud of Lauren who has overcome major personal challenges to thrive in her education, help her peers and volunteer in the local community. This is all despite suffering chronic pain from arthritis, which has required hospital treatment.”

She added: “Lauren puts others first and is always looking for ways to help and encourage her fellow UTC students. She really strives to make a difference, and is an inspiration to all those who know her.”

Since 1999, more than 47,000 young people have been recognised with a Diana Award for making an outstanding difference in their communities across the globe and continuing Princess Diana’s legacy.
The award application was submitted by the UTC and received endorsements from Lauren’s hospital consultant as well as the Norfolk Heritage Park where she volunteers. Lauren was presented with her award on July 13th.

UTC Sheffield City Centre campus – which is Ofsted graded ‘good’ – specialises in advanced engineering and manufacturing, and the creative and digital industries. Students complete a technical qualification in addition to GCSEs and A Levels.

With the support of HRH Prince William and HRH Prince Harry, The Diana Award aims to inspire and recognise social action in young people by going beyond its Awards programme with youth led initiatives that empower young people to achieve their full potential and make a difference.

Since 1999, more than 47,000 young people have been recognised with a Diana Award for making an outstanding difference in their communities across the globe and continuing Princess Diana’s legacy.

Tessy Ojo, Chief Executive, The Diana Award, said: “The Diana Award is proud to recognise incredible young people, like Lauren, who have the confidence and courage to stand up for what they believe.

“The Diana Award is proud to recognise incredible young people, like Lauren, who have the confidence and courage to stand up for what they believe.”

“The Diana Award is presented to inspirational young people who work to improve the lives of others in their schools and communities. With a growing network of over 47,000 Award Holders, we are building a force of young people who are committed to taking action and improving the lives of others.”

To celebrate #DianasLegacy during Princess Diana’s birthday month The Diana Award has published a full list of award holders on The Roll of Honour 2015/16. Visit http://www.diana-award.org.uk/

Some course places are still available at UTC Sheffield for this September. Visit https://www.utcsheffield.org.uk/ or call 0114 2603970

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