A STUDENT has been awarded a prestigious Diana Award for giving up her time to help the town’s homeless.

Sixth former Lucy Brooks, of Clacton Coastal Academy, was nominated by teacher Karen Rai for giving up her time to help others.

The award is given to young people who make a difference in memory of Princess Diana.

Lucy began volunteering at Clacton’s Enfold Project which provides breakfasts and showers to homeless and disadvantaged people.

She jumped at the chance to start, even though it was the middle of the summer holidays.

Mrs Rai said: “Lucy has attended each week and is a really valued member of the team.

“She thoroughly enjoys her work there and she deserves the recognition that this award brings.”

Diana Awards are given to 3,000 young people a year from across the country.

Categories include anti-bullying, campaigning, fundraising and volunteering.

School principal Tracey Hemming said: “Lucy’s dedication to the project is endless and she is a fantastic role model to the other students here, being the first student at the academy to achieve this award.”