Doncaster student honoured for anti-bullying crusade

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A student dedicated to tackling bullying has been honoured with a prestigious award.

Doncaster College pupil Rebecca Wade has been presented with the Diana Award, an honour set up as a legacy to Princess Diana which recognises her belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better.

Rebecca, aged 18, from Intake, collected her prize at an awards ceremony in Leeds after being named as a Diana Anti-Bullying Champion at the college.

She also featured alongside Tessy Ojo, executive director of the Diana Award, on regional news show Look North to speak about the real difference she makes in college helping students.

Student Union enrichment and development worker, Donna Robinson said, “We are extremely proud of Rebecca. The Diana Award will encourage her to continue her fantastic anti-bullying work and will hopefully inspire others to take a stand against bullying.”

In her role, Rebecca offers support and gives out advice, referring to her own experiences of bullying and helping students to cope with their situation.

Since 1999, the Diana Award has recognised more than 42,000 young people who have made a positive difference to the lives of others and their communities.

Young people can also join the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Programme which trains young people across the UK and Ireland to become Anti-Bullying Ambassadors in their schools or communities, helping to prevent bullying and ensure everyone is happy and safe online and offline.

Tessy Ojo said: “The Diana Award is proud to recognise anti-bullying ambassadors, like Rebecca, who have the confidence and courage to stand up for what they believe.”