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Prince Harry commends Leanne Armitage on her effort and courage

“I have some great news! I’ve been chosen to represent the UK amongst the other Commonwealth countries as one of the final 2018 Queens Young Leaders” Leanne Armitage

We were delighted to receive this message from Leanne, a pupil at Mill Hill from 2011-2013, who wanted to share with us the wonderful news that she has been awarded one of the 240 Queen’s Young Leaders Awards.

The Queen’s Young Leaders Award recognises and celebrates exceptional people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth, who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives. Winners of this prestigious Award will be presented this award by Her Majesty the Queen in the summer. To support them in their inspirational work, they will receive a unique package of training, mentoring and networking, including a one-week residential programme at the University of Cambridge based on Leading Change. With this support, Award winners will be expected to continue and develop the amazing work they are already doing in their communities.

From a full funded bursary place at Mill Hill, Leanne has gone on to study medicine at St George’s, University of London. It has been her passion for widening access to medicine that gained her this award, given to her for inspiring people from under-represented backgrounds to enter careers in medicine. She set up Leanne’s Amazing Medics, a six-session programme to equip young people with the skills to go into medicine by giving them a “realistic experience”, including a trip to St George’s. She hopes that, as a result, doctors would better reflect the diversity of the society that they are serving.

Leanne has been a great advocate of Mill Hill’s A Better Chance Bursary Scheme and spoke with passion about her determination to serve others at the ABC Ball in 2016. We are delighted that her energy and focus has been recognized on a wider stage and that she will be able to benefit from all the Queens’ Young Leaders Award has to offer. Find out more: queensyoungleaders.com