Queen Elizabeth Grammar School is delighted to announce that Nikki Wilson has been publicly honoured with the Diana Award.

The award, in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, celebrates young people who support their communities and compassionately and selflessly commit themselves to improving the lives of others.

18-year-old Nikki has demonstrated this commitment through volunteering in a variety of ways around school, for example on year 7 induction day, in PE lessons, as a library volunteer, and in looking after young children in the school library after school whilst parents attend Maths workshops.

Nikki puts a lot of energy into fundraising for breast cancer charities. She has led assemblies to make younger students aware of the disease and has raised well in excess of £2000 through cake sales, book sales, a church collection, a fashion show, and many other initiatives. She ensures that cancer charities are at the forefront of the school’s charity work.

Nikki’s form tutor Helen Sadowski explains: “Nikki had to overcome major difficulties. Her mother died of breast cancer. She herself had to undergo a major operation at the age of 15, which meant that she had to miss school for many weeks. Despite having to live with considerable pain her attitude is entirely positive and selfless. She helps wherever she perceives that somebody is in need.”

Paula Noble, of the Cancer Research charity in Penrith, describes Nikki as “a very energetic, bright and inspirational young lady. It has been a privilege to have been able to help her out and see the amazing results of how much money she has generated for Cancer Research UK. I am sure she will continue to keep the enthusiasm going for fundraising ideas, and her mum would be very proud of her.”

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