Diana Award honour for socially-minded youngsters

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It was a clean sweep for East Renfrewshire in the latest batch of Diana Awards, given out in recognition of young people who dedicate their time to social action.

Proud dad Gordon Ford contacted The Extra to congratulate son Euan (14), from Eastwood High, who was presented with a Diana Champion Fundraiser award at an Emirates Arena ceremony.

Euan (S3) was diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes when he was six, but hasn’t allowed it to stand in his way, organising regular fundraisers for the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation.

The youngster has hosted talks at local schools and at Eastwood Rotary Club on what it means to be diabetic and has contributed more than £1,000 towards research, and his family and school were eager to congratulate him on the win — making Euan the seventh Diana Award recipient at Eastwood High.

Also honoured in the fundraiser category was Jenny Cook (12) from Williamwood High, a young ambassador for Yorkhill Hospital and The Catherine McEwan Foundation following her own diagnosis, at age four, with Ulcerative Colitis.

Williamwood’s Oxfam Group, made up of pupils ages 15-17, were also commended for their fundraising activities.

In the Diana Champion Volunteer category, Williamwood’s Ather Diab (15) was honoured for his numerous community efforts, including work in a local care home every Friday night, a weekly volunteer job at a pharmacy and giving up his school lunchtimes to help support pupils with additional needs.

And over in Glasgow, another volunteer award was given to the Autism Buddy Network at Hillpark Secondary. There, pupils aged 16-17 have been giving up their lunchtimes, study periods and time outside school to help fellow students to learn more and make friends.

Eastwood lad Euan is pictured with young Scottish cycling champion Angus Claxton, who presented him with the Diana Award.