Caring Beth gets award nomination

Beth Fitzpatrick, who died aged 14.
Beth Fitzpatrick, who died aged 14.

A BRAVE teenager who died on Mother’s Day after battling cancer has again been nominated for a prestigious award.

Beth Fitzpatrick, a former pupil at McAuley Catholic High School, was successfully nominated for the Individual Diana Award - a unique lifetime honour presented to individual young people for their compassion and outstanding and selfless contributions to their communities.

Beth, 14, who was diagnosed with cancer just before Christmas, also won the Diana Award for her work with the school’s Buddies group. The group is a peer mentoring scheme in which pupils support children who face difficulties in their lives.

The Cantley school’s Buddies group is also waiting to see if it has been nominated.

A spokesman for the Buddies said: “We are proud to announce that Beth Fitzpatrick was successfully nominated for the Individual Diana Award.

“We are currently waiting to find out if we have been successful with our Buddies group nomination, which we have won twice before.

“This award is for young people who make ‘selfless contributions’ to their communities, so you can imagine how proud we’re all feeling right now.”

Members of the Buddies are also preparing to complete Race for life in a couple of weeks to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Pupils were in the process of raising money to send Beth, of Cantley, on a trip to an island, but tragically she died before the holiday was organised.

Speaking about Beth shortly after her death, McAuley headteacher Paul Gray said: “One of the best examples of the person Beth was, is evident through her work in ‘Buddies’.

“It is fitting that shortly before Beth’s passing, she received The Diana Award for her contribution to the work of Buddies in school.”

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