On­tario teen wins award named in hon­our or Princess Diana

Kingston Whig-Standard - - NATIONAL -

LON­DON — An On­tario teenager is one of 20 young peo­ple from around the world who were awarded the in­au­gu­ral Diana Award by Prince Wil­liam and Prince Harry at St. James Palace in Lon­don on Thurs­day.

The award was es­tab­lished in mem­ory of Diana, Princess of Wales, and her be­lief that young peo­ple have the power to change the world for the bet­ter.

Faith Dick­in­son of Peter­bor­ough, Ont., was rec­og­nized for “Cud­dles for Canada,” a char­ity she launched at age nine af­ter her aunt was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer.

Dur­ing her treatment, Faith’s aunt told her how she got very cold, so Faith made her a fleece blan­ket.

Faith has since made over 3,000 blan­kets, which have been sent across Canada and sev­eral other coun­tries and has raised more than $30,000 to en­sure the blan­kets re­main free to those who need them.

The Diana Award web­site says Faith per­son­al­izes each blan­ket based on the hob­bies or favourite colour and have also been given to sol­diers re­turn­ing home in­jured or suf­fer­ing from PTSD.

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