Tyneside schoolgirls win award in memory of Princess Diana

Tyneside students recognised for their charity work with prestigious Diana memorial award

MarkFlynn L - R: Ian Royce, Amy Shaw, Tessy Ojo
L - R: Ian Royce, Amy Shaw, Tessy Ojo

Two nspiring students have been recognised for their fund-raising work and handed an award named in memory of Princess Diana.

Amy Grounsell, 19, and Amy Shaw, 18, of Dame Allan’s School in Newcastle, were presented with the Champion Fundraiser Diana Award at a star-studded ceremony in Leeds.

X Factor contestants Jack Walton and Rough Copy joined Britain’s Got Talent’s Gabz and Olympic medallist Sarah Stevenson to highlight the work of young fundraisers at the ceremony.

There was also a surprise message from the renowned band Kaiser Chiefs to congratulate the winners.

The two Amys received the award in recognition of their efforts leading a group of sixth formers in organising a fashion fundraiser at the Newcastle Falcons ground which raised over £2,500 for the Marie Curie Hospice.

The students chose this charity because of the care it had provided for many associated with the school.

The Diana Award is a legacy of Princess Diana’s belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better.

The Awards believe that young people should be encouraged for their contributions to society, empowered to reach their full potential and engaged in social action as early in life as possible.

Tessy Ojo, Executive Director of the Diana Award said: “The Diana Champion Fundraiser Award is presented to inspirational young people who have made a positive difference in the communities, such as these two inspirational former pupils of Dame Allan’s.”

Amy Shaw recently left Newcastle to study English Literature at university in Leeds and said: “It was a privilege to attend the awards ceremony with so many inspiring young people. It was amazing to be a part of it; we were just happy to raise so much for charity and want to thank everyone who supported us and donated.”

Dame Allan’s Schools are a group of independent schools in Newcastle upon Tyne. The schools were founded in 1705 with the girls’ school believed to be one of the oldest independent girls’ schools in the country.

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