Preston schoolchildren are ‘kindest in country’

Christ The King Catholic High School pupils travelled to the Diana Awards to receive their Champion Fundraisers  award from Hannah Barrett from X Factor

Christ The King Catholic High School pupils travelled to the Diana Awards to receive their Champion Fundraisers award from Hannah Barrett from X Factor

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Youngsters at Preston schools are celebrating after being named among the kindest in the country.

Christ The King Catholic High School’s charity group and Archbishop Temple CE pupil Georgina Dawkins have received Diana Awards.

The accolade is presented to “inspirational or socially active young people” who have made a positive difference to the lives of others and their communities.

Pupils Luqman Bokhari, Natalie Fagan, Chloe Shallcross, Katie Dobson andteacher Tina Forshaw-Green travelled to London on behalf of the Christ The King Charity Group to collect their trophy at the International Diana Awards ceremony.

Mrs Forshaw-Green said the group, from the Frenchwood school, was “proud to be presented with their award for Champion Fundraisers by Hannah Barrett from X Factor” who was amazed by the money the group had raised in the past year.

She added: “The charity group has 20 students who work tirelessly to raise money for five different charities, and deserve to be recognised for the dedication and hard work.

“The staff and students at CTK are so proud of the group and their achievements, and continue to support the group to work hard for their chosen charities

“Virgin Trains sponsored the train travel down to the capital, and we thanks St Catherine’s Hospice Lostock Hall, Cafod of Lancaster and St Augustine’s Food Bank for their kind testimony’s which contributed to our success.”

Besides raising money, one of the highlights of the youngsters’ success has been a thriving food bank.

Georgina, 15, from Ashton, was nominated by her school for the Diana Champion Volunteer Award.

She is deputy head girl a prefect, pupil councillor and a member of the school council

Outside school Georgina is involved in the organisation of Preston Carnival, dances and also teaches younger dancers every Friday. She is also on the Lancashire Youth Council Executive and after working her way through rainbows, brownies and guides and is now a ranger guide.

Georgina said: “I had heard of The Diana Award but never thought that I would be nominated for one, let alone win one. My parents are incredibly proud and I am really chuffed to be recognised in this way.”