AN INSPIRATIONAL teenager has been honoured with a prestigious award in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Cameron Foster has worked tirelessly to raise more than £15,000 for a host of good causes since he suffered an horrific ski accident five years ago.
Now the 15-year-old, from Hindley Green, has been presented with the Diana Award – a lifetime honour for young people who have made selfless contributions to their communities.
Cameron, who attends Westleigh High School, said: “It’s brilliant to be recognised with such a prestigious award. It’s a special honour for young people who have helped others. I’ve read about Princess Diana’s work and it’s inspired me to continue raising money in the future.”
Cameron began his quest for fund-raising and helping others less fortunate after suffering a serious accident while on a school trip to Italy when he was nine. He fell 40ft from a ski lift onto compacted ice and broke both his legs, his left arm and dislocated both ankles.
Since then he has taken part in countless sponsored runs, walks and abseils to raise £10,000 for specialist sports equipment for disabled people, Derian House and charities which deal with Cystic Fibrosis.
The Diana Award, founded in 1999 as a lasting legacy to Princess Diana, allows Cameron to become part of the Diana Alumni programme.
This is the third award that the teenager has won in the last three months. In October, he picked up the British Red Cross Champion Fund-raiser Award and was presented with the Citizen of the Year title.
Since then, Cameron has achieved the Unsung Hero in Sport Award for his work with disabled children as a volunteer coach with the Wigan Sports Development Unit.
Cameron’s headteacher John Banks said: “I am extremely proud of Cameron. The award will encourage him to continue his fund-raising work.”