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Young role model receives Diana Award

Date: 01/02/2011           Category: Young People

An inspirational teenager has been recognised for her selfless voluntary work in Medway with a national award set up in honour of Princess Diana.

Carly Humphrey, 18, who dedicates most of her spare time to helping others, received the Diana Award from Rose Collinson, Medway Council’s Director of Children’s Services, on Monday (31 January) at Bradfields Further Education Centre, Gillingham, where she is studying for GCSEs.

The award is a unique lifetime honour presented to individual young people for their compassion and outstanding and selfless contributions to their communities.

Holders automatically become members of the Diana Alumni programme enabling them to continue their hard work and provide them with skills to develop their full potential.

Carly, of Fourth Avenue, Gillingham, who has learning difficulties, was chosen for the award for her commitment in working at Parkwood Youth Club, Rainham, including its club for disabled children, as well as in sports leadership, on a mentoring scheme and with other voluntary groups.

She said she was “shocked” to receive the award. It follows the announcement that she has become the first young person in Medway to gain a gold award for completing all levels of the Sports Leadership and Volunteering Awards, clocking up 250 hours of voluntary work.

Presenting the award, Mrs Collinson said: "Carly makes an outstanding commitment to volunteering and supporting other young people across Medway. Diana Awards are for outstanding service and Carly absolutely deserves this very special and important award for her time, commitment and cheerfulness."

Carly was nominated by Di Jenkins, the headteacher of Bradfields FE Centre, and Kim Johnson, the headteacher of Bradfields School.

Belinda Carter, Carly’s mother, said: “I’m very proud of her. It is an outstanding achievement. It’s nice to be recognised, and it’s encouraging for her and for other children who have special needs.”

The Diana Award was established in 1999 as a legacy to the princess who believed that young people have the power to change the world for the better.

A Diana Certificate of Excellence, the scheme’s group award, is to be given to Young Inspectors in Medway. The certificate is granted to groups of people aged 12-18 who have worked together to make their communities better.

The Young Inspectors face or have faced challenges that make them experts in knowing what young people want from official or voluntary services and offering their advice.