News Rhondda Cynon Taf

Mountain Ash pupil receives Diana Award

Mountain Ash Comprehensive School year 10 pupil Alysa Neads has recieved a Diana Award for her social action work undertaken in Penrhiwceiber.

Alyssa Neads Diana Award
Pictured: Alysa at a local supermarket raising money for Lee Gardens Pool, last year.

The Diana Award is the most prestigious accolade a young person aged 9-25 can receive for their social action or humanitarian work.

15-year-old Alysa is among 8 winners in Wales and 184 internationally. She’s also this year’s youngest winner here in Wales.

The pupil raised over £3,000 for Lee Gardens Pool in Penrhiwceiber through the First Give programme, which encourages young people to tackle social issues in their communities, during curriculum time.

The school’s work in partnership with First Give has also seen pupils win awards on a Welsh and UK wide level.

Last summer, in their Religious Studies lessons, Alysa, Madison Cornish, Carys Simpson and Teigan Maund decided upon the Lee Gardens Pool as their chosen charity. They undertook ninety-seven hours of social action, raising the profile of the charity. The pupils organised twelve events in the local community, which raised £2,058. They also went on to win the school First Give final, gaining a further £1,000 for the Lee Gardens Pool through a First Give grant. In total, the pupils awarded £3,058 to the Lee Gardens Pool.

On Twitter, Mr David Church, Religious Studies teacher at Mountain Ash Comprehensive said it gave him “great pride” to announce Alyssa had won the Diana Award.


By Brad Williams

Winner of 'Outstanding Contribution to New Media' at the Rhondda Cynon Taf Youth Engagement Awards 2019.

News presenter at GTFM radio station, Pontypridd.

Brad has interviewed:
- First Minister, Mark Drakeford MS
- Health Minister, Vaughan Gething MS
- Cynon Valley MS, Vikki Howells
- Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, Cllr Andrew Morgan
- RCT Council Cabinet Member for Heritage, Leisure & Environment, Cllr Ann Crimmings
- Author, Maria Grace
- Author, Communicator of Science & Local Tutor, Mark Brake
- ITV Wales News presenter, Andrea Byrne

Brad has been featured several times on WalesOnline and has been a guest on BBC Radio Wales, more recently joining presenter Wynne Evans on his show, talking all things Cynon Valley.

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