Schoolboy Sam top of the class after picking up community award
A PUPIL at Painsley Catholic College in Cheadle has won an award for his service to the community.
Sam Hale, aged 16, was nominated by his school for the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Award.
Painsley Catholic College pupil Sam Hale has been presented with the Princess Diana Memorial Award. Picture by Shaun Smith
It recognises contributions made by young people to their schools, communities, families or friends across the country.
To be eligible, nominees have to be between 12 and 18 and have either taken part in youth work or volunteering, improved the lives of others or demonstrated outstanding qualities in overcoming adversity.
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The Government launched the award in 1999 as a lasting memorial to the late Princess and her work.
Sam, who has also recently been nominated as a deputy member of the United Kingdom Youth Parliament, was put forward by his teachers for his work in organising events and improving the school community.
The deputy head boy has been on the school council for five years, has attended numerous local meetings and helped out at the local elderly tea dance.
Sam also donates to the local Cheadle in Bloom website, videos the Christmas and Summer concerts for St Thomas' Primary School in Tean and volunteers at the local scout group.
He said: "Initially, I had not realised quite what a prestigious award it was.
"I am very pleased I have received it, and been recognised for the work I do.
"Hopefully through its programme, it will enable me to continue this work.
"Being given this award and becoming a member of the local youth parliament has made me realise that the best way I can make a difference is by helping out at a local level."
Sam, who lives in Park Avenue, Cheadle, is currently revising for his GCSEs.
He added: "I'm looking to take A Levels and then move away to do a business, economic or politics degree at university."
Sam's mum, Jan, says he has always been interested in helping out his local community.
She said: "It has always been important to Sam and so I was overjoyed and very proud to see him receive the Princess Diana Award for all the voluntary work he has done.
"I would like to thank Painsley for recognising his achievements and nominating him for this award.
"I would also like to mention Neil Pickford who, through his work as Sam's scout leader, provided him with a superb role model.
"I sincerely hope Sam will continue to help and represent others in the community."
A spokesman from the Princess Diana Award Association said: "We are delighted to present the Diana Award to Sam. We are immensely proud of him and hope that receiving this prestigious award will encourage him to continue with his work."