Brave teenager honoured with Diana Award

WORTHY WIN . . . Jayne with MSP John Pentland.
WORTHY WIN . . . Jayne with MSP John Pentland.

A BRAVE Wishaw teenager who helped others despite being diagnosed with skin cancer has been given a top honour.

Jayne Copeland (17) was presented with the Diana Courageous Citizen Award at the Scottish Parliament.

She was diagnosed with a maligant melanoma two years ago and during treatment decided she wanted to use her spare time to help others in her community.

Aside from volunteering in a nursing home and in Wishaw General’s children’s ward, Jayne organised a six-hour sponsored silence to raise over £600 for charity.

Humsa Yousaf MSP presented Jayne - who is one of 57 Scottish recipients - with the Diana Award. The teenager gave a speech at the ceremony and shared her thoughts on receiving the honour.

SURPRISED

Jayne said: “I was really surprised when I was told I was going to receive the Diana Award.

“It is a massive achievement to receive the award. It’s fabulous that so many other young people who work to support others are receiving the award and not conforming to negative stereotypes about young people.”

Diana Award patron Lord Jack McConnell, who also presented awards at the event, said: “These young people are receiving the Diana Award because they have given their own time to support others.

“They are an inspiration to their friends, families and all of us. And as the Diana Awards expand in Scotland I hope many more will follow in their footsteps.”

The Diana Award was established in 1999 in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, as a legacy to her belief in the power of young people to change the world.

Every award-holder has demonstrated the qualities associated with the late princess - compassion and a selfless commitment to improving the lives of others.

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