Princess Diana Award presented to East Ham health campaigners

The Young Lifesavers with business leader and philanthropist Kate Hardcastle and X Factor finalists

The Young Lifesavers with business leader and philanthropist Kate Hardcastle and X Factor finalists The Risk. - Credit: Archant

Young women campaigners picked up Princess Diana awards yesterday for their commitment to raising awareness about breast cancer.

Five girls represented around 80 students from Plashet School who took part in Community Links’ Young Lifesavers project that works with young girls and their mothers to help them recognise the symptoms of the disease.

It also increases confidence in women to express their concerns to doctors and emphasises the importance of attending mammogram appointments.

The students travelled to Barclays Headquarters in Canary Wharf on Wednesday to receive their Active Campaigner certificates for the Princess Diana Awards, set up in her memory to praise charitable work.

Hadia Abid, a Young Lifesaver, said: “We organised fun events and activities that would inform young girls like me and their mums about what breast cancer is and how it can be detected early.”


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Safia Siddique, another campaigner, said: “Receiving the Diana Award was an amazing experience and opportunity.

“It’s made me realise that I do make a difference, be it big or small – it’s a difference that matters.”

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To find about more about breast cancer, visit www.smallc.org or email frances.clarke@community-links.org for more information about the campaign.

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