Award winning student invited to St James’ Palace Legacy Award
Published: July 10, 2017
Lydia Greatrix, 18, from Hinstock, Shropshire, had the honour of representing South Cheshire College when she was invited to the Inaugural Legacy Award at St James’s Palace in London, which recognised exceptional young people from across the world.
Lydia, who won South Cheshire College’s Principal’s Prize for Contribution to College Life at the College Awards last week and, has just completed her A Levels in Economics, French and Maths, said: “I have been involved with the Diana Award for several years, so it was a great honour to be invited to attend this event.
“The Legacy Awards ceremony was so inspiring and it was fantastic to see some amazing young people being recognised for all their hard work in their community. One story which particularly struck me was a boy my age who was studying hard for his A Levels, but also was a full time carer to his mother who has complicated mental health issues. He even learnt to drive just so he could drive his mum to various places where she needed to go.”
Twenty outstanding young people from across the world were presented with the Inaugural Legacy Award by The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The Diana Award was set up in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales and her belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better.
Other highlights for Lydia included speaking to Richard Branson’s daughter Holly Branson and vocal coach and TV presenter Carrie Grant. Lydia, who is hoping to study Journalism at Leeds University, adds: “It was also great to meet ITV News Charlene White who gave me some really interesting advice on how to get work experience in journalism!”
Lydia started at South Cheshire College in 2015 to study A Levels, said: “I immediately fell in love with South Cheshire College when I attended an open day. I just loved the open plan design and how everyone here was so friendly and welcoming.
“At secondary school I had been bullied and as a result got involved with the anti-bullying campaign and became an ambassador at school. I’m still an ambassador now and the opportunities that have been available to me in that role as well as through the College have been amazing.
“I’ve had the chance to represent ambassadors across the UK at prestigious events and also been on CBBC’s Newsround; plus worked with teachers here at College to raise awareness about bullying amongst young people.
“It was amazing to see all my hard work be recognised at the College Awards last week and I’m immensely proud to have won the Principal’s Prize for Contribution to College Life.”
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