Ceri Davies, from Kingswinford, was presented with the Diana Award in 2005, a memorial award for young people set by a Government committee chaired by Gordon Brown.
Now the 19-year-old is set to go to London on Thursday (January 15, 2009) to meet Mr Brown at an event to celebrate positive role models. Other Diana Award winners will also be attending the event to tell the Prime Minister what they have planned for the next year.
Ceri was nominated for the Diana Award when she was 15 for overcoming her physical disabilities and achieving great things as a member of Dudley Youth Council. Ceri, who has spina bifida and cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, subsequently became a Diana Award Ambassador and was a member of The Diana Youth Advisory Board. She is also the regional hub co-ordinator for the West Midlands.
Ceri is a first year undergraduate at the University and is studying for a joint honours BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies and Sociology. She is now a Home Student Officer at the University, and her community work includes youth counselling and Base 25 – a project for 16 to 25 year olds to help teenagers and young people with any problems they face.
She said: “It is absolutely amazing to be going to meet the Prime Minister. I am really happy and excited about representing the Award. We will be telling Gordon Brown what we have planned for the awards for the next year and about the theme of positive role models.
“I was chosen to go because I do voluntary work for the award and have been actively involved in the award ever since I won. I want to be an inspiration to young people, and I want to help as many people as I can. “
The Diana Award was founded in 1999 by a Government committee chaired by Gordon Brown and gives recognition to young people aged between 12 and 18, who both make outstanding and selfless contributions to their communities, and also demonstrate the qualities associated with Diana Princess of Wales - compassion and a commitment to improving the lives of others.