Sex health work gets nomination for student

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A PORTSMOUTH College student who has put sex education at the heart of her course is in line for a top award.

Danielle Findlay, 18, who is in her final year of a health, society and development diploma, has been shortlisted along with five other candidates for the Brook Award Young Person of the Year.

The award recognises her outstanding dedication and being a positive role model.

It also takes into consideration her imaginative ideas to promote sexual health which saw her accosting students in the canteen to test them on their knowledge.

Danielle said: ‘It’s shocking how many people my age don’t understand about STIs and how easily they are caught. Some think you can’t get pregnant easily when you’re young, which is eye-opening when you consider the rising cases of pregnant teenagers.

‘I’m proud to have been shortlisted for the award - it’s nice to get some recognition.’

The winner will be announced this Thursday at an awards ceremony in London.