Welwyn Garden City school girl scoops award for charity campaigning

Graham Harris, Volunteer, Garry Brasher, Pilot, Poppy Young, holding her award, Raj Maroju, Doctor,

Graham Harris, Volunteer, Garry Brasher, Pilot, Poppy Young, holding her award, Raj Maroju, Doctor, John McCusker, Paramedic, Kate Lloyd-Davies, Volunteer, and Kay Heap, Volunteer - Credit: Archant

The air ambulance paid a surprise to a Welwyn Garden City school last week.

Poppy Young, of Mill Green Road, won Junior Young Person of the Year for Hertfordshire at The Young Person of the Year awards 2013.

The crew of Herts Air Ambulance landed on the school field at Sir Frederic Osbourne on Wednesday to thank Poppy for her support.

The 13-year-old won £100 to donate to the air ambulance and £100 for herself, as well as being presented with a certificate.

She told the WHT: “When I found out I had won I was really, really happy.

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“I didn’t think I would get through and I was over the moon as there were so many amazing people who had entered.”

“I’m going to spend this on getting more story books published for the Herts Air Ambulance

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“They don’t get any government funding, and by raising money I know they will be there if I ever need them to be.

“I don’t do any fundraising to be rewarded in anyway, its about raising funds to keep the Herts Air Ambulance flying and saving lives.”

The teenager was put forward for the award by her teacher at Sir Frederic Osbourne School who saw how hard she worked to fundraise for the charity.

This term alone Poppy has raised £600 for the charity through a combination of cake Sales at lunchtime, bucket collections around school and the special ‘Go Red’ non-uniform day.

Matt Oughton, Assistant headteacher at Sir Frederic Osbourne school, said: “As a school we are so proud of Poppy and her achievements and know that she will continue all this good work in the future.”

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