Diana Award success for St Paul’s Bessbrook student

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Monday, June 15th, 2015
A Year 13 student at St Paul’s High School who juggles her busy school work with caring for both her parents has been recognised with a prestigious Diana Champion Volunteer Award. diana awardsSiobhan O’Reilly was nominated by her year head, Mrs Laura Hollywood, for the extraordinary work she carries out caring for both her parents while studying 4 A-levels. “Siobhan is an amazing young lady,” Mrs Hollywood told Newry Times. “She is currently studying Biology, Maths, Chemistry and Spanish at A-level, and in addition to her studies, she volunteers with Newry Youth Forum, Catch the Culture Exchange Youth Group, Newry and Mourne Carers and Carers Trust. She is a member of the Newry Young Adult Carer Group and a carer for both her parents.” Siobhan’s wonderful work has also been recognised by Newry and Mourne District Council and she was awarded the Young Carer Award at the Youth and Future Talent Awards (YAFTAs). The Diana Award was founded as a legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better. Since 1999, the Diana Award has recognised over 42,000 young people who have made a positive difference to their community. By shining the spotlight on these young people with the Diana Award, it establishes them as role models to other young people. Principal of St Paul’s High School Mr Jarlath Burns was full of praise for Siobhan and this wonderful achievement. “Siobhan is a truly inspirational young person, always putting the needs of others before her own. She is fully deserving of this award,” he said.
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