A 12 year old Chelmsford student has been awarded a prestigious Diana
Award. The national award, named after Princess
Diana, is presented to inspirational or socially active young people
who have made a positive difference to the lives of others and
from New Hall School in Chelmsford nominated 12 year old Charley Spriggs, from
Chelmsford, for an ‘Active Campaigner’ award in recognition of her incredible
year, Charley became one of the youngest ever people to take part in a
successful attempt to swim the English Channel. She was part of a six
swimmer team who completed the 21-mile feat in 12 hours and 15 minutes. Charley
was determined to complete the fund-raising challenge to raise money for
Papworth Hospital after they treated her Grandad for cancer, which at first was
diagnosed as inoperable. The minimum age for a young person to swim the channel
as part of a team is 12 and Charley completed the challenge just days after her
12th birthday. She organised and led the team who raised over
£15,500. Mrs Jeffrey and Charley will attend a special presentation ceremony in
London in February.
Spriggs said: “When I first heard I had won the award, I screamed! I was amazed
that my grandad’s inoperable lung cancer could lead to something so fantastic.
I’m just so glad that he is still here, because without Papworth Hospital, he
wouldn’t be. I just wanted to thank them, but it’s turned into something much
more than that – mainly because I didn’t realise how challenging swimming the
channel would be!”
Jeffrey, Principal of New Hall School said: “We are delighted for Charley that
she should receive this recognition for her charity endeavours. Through all she
has achieved she has been an inspiration to her peers and the staff at New
Hall. We are all delighted for Charley.”
A spokesperson for the Diana Award said: “We were
absolutely delighted to receive this nomination it certainly had the wow
The award ceremony is being hosted by Barclays at
Canary Wharf on Friday 28 February.
For more information
please contact Heather Barras, Marketing Assistant, New Hall School on
01245 467 588 or
Hall School is a leading Catholic independent boarding & day school for
boys and girls aged 3-18.
in 1642, New Hall School, Chelmsford, is the oldest Catholic school in England
that has always taken girls. Following the establishment of its new charitable
status as New Hall School Trust in 2005, in a pioneering move the former
convent school opened its doors to senior boys.
Hall School are proud of their academic achievements. In 2013, students
achieved a 100% success rate in GCSE and A Level Examinations.