Two Rhondda Cynon Taf students have received The Diana Award 2020 in recognition of their work in their communities.

Alysa Neads and Declan Andrews-Jones were among just eight inspirational children and teenagers from across Wales, and only 184 recipients to be presented with the highest accolade a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian efforts – The Diana Award. Alysa was the youngest recipient in Wales.

Established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Award is given out by the charity of the same name and has the support of both her sons, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex.

Alysa Neads, a Year 10 student at Mountain Ash Comprehensive School, received The Diana Award in recognition of her completing the social action @FirstGiveUK programme, to an exceptional standard during her Year 9 Religious Studies lessons. She led a team of three peers in staging 12 charitable events in the local community, undertaking 97 hours of social action, raising an amazing £2,058 in just eight weeks!

Her team also went on to win the £1,000 First Give grant in the school competition final and her chosen charity, the Lee Gardens Pool in Penrhiwceiber, received a phenomenal total of £3,058!

Declan Andrews-Jones, 16, is a student at Hawthorn High School and a Peer Mentor at his school, providing support for anyone who may experience bullying. He is also a youth ambassador with the award-winning charity Bullies Out, which uses positive and practical solutions as it engages, empowers and inspires young people to overcome bullying and to achieve their full potential.

Alysa and Declan are both delighted to be recipients of The Diana Award 2020, having taken part in a virtual ceremony due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The ‘Mission’ of The Diana Award charity is to foster, develop and inspire positive change in the lives of young people across the UK. It is the only charity set up in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, and her belief that young people have the power to change the world.

Cllr Joy Rosser, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Cabinet Member for Education and Inclusion Services, said: “I would like to congratulate both Alysa and Declan on being honoured at The Diana Awards 2020 in recognition of the wonderful work they do, both in their communities and within their school environments.

“Alysa and Declan have both received The Diana Award 2020 in recognition of her social action and humanitarian work and Declan for his work with the charity’s anti-bullying programme.

“All of our young people have voices that deserve to be heard. Young people have the opportunity to help us all change the world and The Diana Awards allows our young people to have their say at the highest level.”

Posted on Thursday 9th July 2020

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