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Manchester Health Academy student wins Diana Award for Syrian relief work

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Sham Mamoun, a Year 10 student at the Manchester Health Academy, has spent her Christmas holiday visiting the homeless who have fled from the conflict in Syria or are victims of the effects of the bombings of towns in the ongoing conflict in the country.

This festive period, Sham travelled into the war zones with charity Syria Relief on a humanitarian mission and arranged to take with her over 200 letters written by students at the Manchester Health Academy to children in the refugee camps. Once in the camps Sham distributed the letters and brought back replies from the Syrian children.

Sham came to the UK in 2010 and has dedicated her free time to raising awareness of the plight of the people in her native Syria and in raising funds to support them. She was nominated to work with RECLAIM, an organisation which supports young people at critical times in their lives and helps them to develop their confidence and leadership skills.

In September Sham won the Diana Award, (National Citizen of the Year) which was presented to her in London by Prime Minister David Cameron. The award was established as a lasting legacy to Princess Diana's belief that young people have the power to change the world. It recognises the work of young people in changing perceptions of our youth and our community for the better, and their part in inspiring others to do the same and to take a role as leaders for the causes they believe in.

Sham is now working as an ambassador for the Diana Award and hopes to one day work for the United Nations to raise awareness of international issues and support actions to change lives for the better. At the Academy, she hopes that here peers are inspired through her determination and commitment to making a difference.

For further information, please call the Manchester Health Academy on 0161 998 3992 or visit www.manchesterhealthacademy.org.uk