A PUPIL at a South Derbyshire secondary school who spends her spare time raising money for charity has been honoured for her hard work.
Chelsea Neat was handed a commemorative gold coin for raising more than £200 for military patients at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, following an event at Pingle School, in Coronation Street, Swadlincote.
The youngster, who also scooped a Burton Mail Children of Courage award earlier this year, and her friends swapped their school uniforms for surgical scrubs as part of a medical dress down day.
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s charity chief executive Mike Hammond said: “Chelsea is a truly inspirational pupil who is a credit to her school.
“We are incredibly grateful to her and all the pupils at the Pingle School for their imaginative fund-raising, which will make such a difference to the lives of military patients being treated at the hospital.”
The 15-year-old decided to organise the fund-raising bid after Mr Hammond gave an assembly at the school.
The event saw hundreds of pupils dress as doctors, nurses and paramedics and raised £218 for sick or injured servicemen and women being treated at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine.
Mr Hammond returned to the school to thank pupils for their generosity and enthusiasm and to award Chelsea a commemorative gold coin.
The dedicated pupil is now organising an ‘Around the World in 80 Schooldays’ event, where she and her friends will cycle the distance around the world over 80 lunchtimes, using exercise bikes in the school gym.
Nicola Toshney, head of Year 11 at the school, said: “Chelsea is a remarkable young woman who never ceases to amaze us with her determination and drive to help others.
“We are proud of her achievements and look to support her in her fund-raising.
“All the staff and students at Pingle School are looking forward to her next fund-raising ventures in the coming months.”