MEET caring teenager George Elliott, who has a track record of selflessly helping others.
The St Edmund’s Catholic School pupil volunteers as a peer mentor and helps younger children in the school.
But his caring nature doesn’t stop there.
The 14-year-old is also a member of City of Portsmouth Students (Cops) and goes out to other schools to promote the work of his own.
Outside school, George, of Cotton Road, Milton, carries on with his volunteer work.
He helps at the adventure playground in Arundel Street, Landport, where George interacts with children and also helps with the upkeep of the park.
George said: ‘I don’t like being out, but like helping others and being active like that.
‘I like working with children and doing work in the adventure playground. I will be there no matter what the weather and I’m looking forward to volunteering again in October. In school I’m a peer mentor for Year 7, and it’s really successful. I help out in assemblies and with sports.’
Alongside helping at school and in the community, George also helps out at home.
‘I’ve also been a young carer and used to care for my nan,’ he added.
‘I always help my mum and just enjoy it all really.’
To reward the vast amount of volunteering work he does, teacher Janet Sage put him forward for the Diana Award, which commends inspiring young people. Janet said: ‘George is so reliable and helps out with other children so much, which is why we put him forward. The amount of volunteering he does is so impressive and I think that’s what got him the award.’
George went to London to pick up his prize. He said: ‘When I found out I was nominated I thought it was amazing.
‘Then when I got the award I was astonished and it means everything to me. I’m the first person in my school who got this award. On the day we went to Canary Wharf where there was a big ceremony and then the awards were given. I got a certificate and a badge.
‘I went with my parents, who were really proud and chuffed for me and the award.
‘I’m really proud of myself because there was 75 of us who were given the award, but there were 4,000 people that were nominated.’
· The Diana Award was founded in 1999 as a lasting legacy to Princess Diana.
· It is a tribute to her belief in the power of young people to change the world.
· Since they were introduced, 36,000 young people from across the country have been recognised through the scheme.
The awards also aim to:
· Improve the perception of young people in the media
· Celebrate young people’s role in society
· Develop young citizens
· Reduce bullying in schools and communities
· Create a platform for young people to be heard and listened to.
· Nominations can be done online and can be for individuals or for a group.
· The next deadline is November 9.
· To find out more go to diana-award.org.uk