Award for young life-savers from John Cleveland College, in Hinckley
Teenagers who went to Kenya on a school trip have received an award for helping to save the life of a girl they met there.
Pupils from John Cleveland College, in Hinckley, were at a school near Mombassa when they met Diana, who had an open flesh wound on her head.
They bought her dressings and paid for doctors to treat her injury.
When the group arrived back in Leicestershire, they contacted a charity which helped diagnose skin cancer and paid for Diana to have a 10-hour operation in Nairobi.
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The students are continuing to help by paying for her to go to school and have sent sun cream and hats to her village.
They have now received a Diana Award – named after Diana, Princess of Wales – which recognises the significant contribution young people make through fund-raising or voluntary activities.
Teacher Danny Banks, from John Cleveland College, nominated the group of 21 pupils for the award.
He said: "I'm incredibly proud of them, not just for their care towards Diana, but for all their efforts in helping others less privileged than themselves.
"Diana was really taken into their hearts and if it hadn't been for them I don't think she would still be here today.
"She suffers from albinism and they discovered her with a head scarf wrapped over her wound.
"We're still not sure about her long-term prognosis, but we know that for now, life is better.
"They raised more than £10,000 to fund the trip, taught lessons, handed out clothes and toys and mosquito nets and generally put in 100 per cent.
"They came back as different people, having experienced something they're never likely to see again."
Diana's operation was paid for by The Kanami Trust, which was started by Dr Paul Walker, a consultant cardiologist at South Mead Hospital, in Bristol.
The college has developed links with Mtwapa Academy, a school near Mombassa, where the pupils spent much of their time.
Student Katy Shilladay, 17, was among those who cared for Diana.
She said: "I was putting sun cream on her when her scarf fell off, showing her wound.
"We knew we had to do something so we bought some dressings and paid for the local doctor to clean it.
"I'm really glad she was able to have more treatment and is doing a lot better. The trip was really humbling."
Charlotte Nelson-Cox, 15, said: "It's a trip I'll carry with me for ever."
Tessy Ojo, executive director of the Diana Award scheme, praised the students for their "positive action" which helped save the girl's life.