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Princess Diana award for Painsley student

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: April 18, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

From the left: Painsley Catholic College students Megan Haslegrave and Gemma Plant.

From the left: Painsley Catholic College students Megan Haslegrave and Gemma Plant.

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A STUDENT at Painsley Catholic College has received an award in Princess Diana's memory.

The Cheadle college held its Annual Presentation Evening last Wednesday, April 9.

Students received awards celebrating academic progress and special endeavour, as well as sporting colours and music awards.

Prizes were presented by Ian Crabbe, Divisional Director, Alton Towers, for Merlin Entertainments.

Special subject awards were presented to Year 11 alongside many other awards.

Parents packed the school hall to see their children receive recognition of their efforts and join in the celebrations.

Of special note were the awards to: Duncan Parsonage for Work in the Community; Tommy Burnett, Citizenship Award; Megan Haslegrave and Gemma Plant for PTA Award for Charitable Works; Gemma Oakden for Contribution to Life at Painsley; George Salt, School Spirit Award and Imogen Hawley, Faith in Action Award.

Another special award, the Diana, Princess of Wales Award was awarded to Gemma Mills. The Diana Award is a nationally recognised honour given to young people under a number of categories.

Painsley Catholic College nominated Gemma Mills as a champion volunteer, which was not only acknowledged by the Diana awards as being appropriate, but they also praised the quality of the work Gemma has been undertaking.

A spokesman for Painsley said: "Gemma gives of her time freely, both in school and out. She is a member of nearly all of the music groups going, she has completed the bronze Duke of Edinbrugh award.

"She willingly contributes to musical events, productions and the gym festival in school. Out of school she is a young leader with a local brownie pack and a ranger.

"Gemma has raised funds for Douglas Macmillan through a spinathon and collections at supermarkets. She was instrumental in her commitment to the Lourdes pilgrimage last year. She wholeheartedly entered into the fund-raising and spiritual preparation, but she also fully embraced the opportunity to serve others, giving blankets and water to the sick and elderly and most importantly talk to them. She continues to support the ROCK scheme and volunteers at a nursery weekly."

Guests of honour at the Painsley Presentation ceremony were: Mr A Gadsby, President of Cheadle Lions; Councillor Ian Plant, Mayor of Cheadle and Kath Plant, Consort; Mr J Pennington, Chair of the Board of Directors of Painsley Catholic Academy; Father David Hartley, College Chaplain; and sponsors and directors of the college.

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