Madison Glinski has been awarded the prestigious Diana Award after raising over £50,000 for Little Harbour Children’s Hospice.
Madison, who is a 1st Year student, was nominated for the award by Headmaster, Andrew Gordon-Brown, having raised the huge sum by busking with her violin across Cornwall.
Headmaster Andrew Gordon-Brown, said: “It is hard to overstate the magnitude of Maddie’s achievement. The time and energy she has devoted to raising an unbelievable sum of money for Little Harbour has been inspirational. I am so pleased that her efforts have been recognised through this Diana Award, which is richly deserved.”
The Diana Award is given to young people who have transformed the lives of others, and was founded in the name of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Madison, who has also previously won Just Giving’s Young Fundraiser of the Year Award, decided to start fundraising for Little Harbour Children’s Hospice as she felt saddened by young children that were missing out on their childhood due to terminal illness.
“When Mr Gordon-Brown came and told me I’d won a Diana Award, I was really overwhelmed,” says Madison. “I chose Little Harbour as it brings it home a little more seeing children of my own age in that situation.”
The money raised will make a huge difference to families at Little Harbour Hospice, going towards care for children with life limiting or life threatening conditions, and the support given to their families.
Madison’s fundraising has allowed parents to enjoy the time left with their children. With the care support given by the team at Little Harbour, parents can focus on being the parent and not the carer.
Mary Murfin, Community Fundraiser for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW), said: “Madison’s enthusiasm for fundraising for our special cause is absolutely fantastic. It is always heart-warming when young people want to fundraise to support other young people and families and that was exactly what drove Madison’s fundraising efforts.
She got the backing of so many people in the local community who all supported her where they could with her fundraising and spreading word about the work of CHSW far and wide. On behalf of all of the children that CHSW supports through our Little Harbour Hospice in Cornwall I would like to thank Madison for all of her hard work, time and energy – she has raised an incredible amount of money for the charity and we are very grateful.”
Madison attended an INSPIRE awards ceremony in Cardiff, where she received her Diana Award and was invited to attend an afternoon of workshops to kick start new and exciting social action initiatives.
She has now set her sights on a new fundraising target of a whopping £75,000, and while her mum has put her on rest to enjoy the Christmas period with her family, she has plenty of plans to get back in to fundraising action in the New Year.
Well done Madison – you are an inspiration to us all!