Year 12 Newton Abbot College student, Louise Endean, travelled to St James’s Palace on 18 May to receive a coveted Diana Award in recognition of her continuous voluntary work.
During her visit, Louise met other Diana Award recipients from all over the world before watching presentations by Prince William, Prince Harry, and Tessy Ojo, Chief Executive of the Diana Award.
The Diana Award was founded as a legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better. Since 1999, the Diana Award has recognized over 45,000 ordinary young people who have made an extraordinary difference to their community. The award is presented to outstanding individuals, whose work has shown compassion, kindness and service.
Louise was awarded the accolade following her tireless work with the local community; volunteering with free online counselling service, ‘7 Cups of Tea’, Louise supports young people, covering areas such as LGBTQ issues, bullying at school and offering general advice to those in need. Not limited to helping those of school age, Louise also offers her time volunteering for ‘Help for Heroes’, regularly visiting the Plymouth recovery centre for injured veterans, offering company and a listening ear when required.
This will be the second Diana Award Louise has received. The first was awarded to the College’s anti-bullying team (of whom Louise was a member), whose tireless work saw the College chosen as a national showcase school for its anti-bullying work in 2016. Louise’s train tickets for the event were generously donated by Great Western Railways, who have shown continued support of the College’s anti-bullying work over the past few years.
Louise is thrilled to have been so publicly recognised for her efforts: “It still hasn’t really sunk in. I have already been speaking to the Diana Award about future volunteering opportunities and it was absolutely amazing to receive the award. Newton Abbot College has a strong anti-bullying and volunteering culture and to be able to continue the work I have been doing and branching out into new areas has been brilliant.”