Published: 14:00, 16 April 2014 |
Updated: 14:13, 16 April 2014
Maddie Springett is the recipient of the Princess Diana Award for the South East. She was nominated by teacher Paul Murray.
The 16-year-old helped to raise £3,000 for a weekend away for vulnerable young people where they took part in team building exercises to boost their confidence.
She has also been organising a lunch club at her school, Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey, for 18 young people.
Miss Springett carries her community efforts over to her role as a member of the Kent Youth County Council.
In that capacity she designed a cyber bullying policy and was also involved in making a music video called A Voice in My Head.
The Minster resident, who is studying A-level Maths and English and a BTEC in Art, said: “I was bullied when I was younger and I always felt that I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives.”
An official presentation ceremony for the award will take place in May.
She said: “I was just so happy [when I won]. My family were so pleased because they really support the work I do.”
Miss Springett, a runner-up for The Young Volunteer Award at the Swale Volunteer Awards last month, also runs a dance club and inspects youth clubs around the county to find ways they can improve.
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