International volunteer Annie-May receives Diana Award for charity work in Ghana

2 February 2017

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Teenager aims to return to African nation next year.

Student receiving Diana award

Annie-May receiving her award

Brockenhurst College student Annie-May Peryer from Bournemouth collected a Diana Award for her charity work in Ghana at a glittering ceremony in Cardiff recently.

The sixteen-year-old former Glenmoor Academy pupil travelled to the African nation in 2014 and 2015 with the Raising Hope Foundation to teach children and help build an orphanage.

She was presented with her award, which is given in memory of the late Princess of Wales, by UK gospel artist Lurine Cato at Cardiff Town Hall in December.

As well as her overseas trips, Annie-May supports the Raising Hope Foundation by completing demanding Tough Mudder style challenges for which she receives sponsorship.

She aims to go back to Ghana next year to participate in more community projects.

Student taking part in charity challenge

Annie-May in charity challenge

Following the award presentation, the teenager said: “Going to Ghana and being involved with the Raising Hope Foundation has been one of my proudest achievements.

“Through this work I hope to inspire others to take the time to help people who are in need,” she added.

Among other things, Annie-May studies Health and Social Care at Brockenhurst College with the aim of studying a healthcare subject at Bournemouth University.

Her long-term career goal is to become a paramedic.