Madeleine Leathley (Year 13), from Brentwood, has been awarded The Canon Manning Trophy for 2012, which recognises commitment to others. The award, which was presented to Madeleine in a special assembly, was in recognition for the amount of charity work she has undertaken in the last 12 months, and for combining this with her A Level studies.
Madeleine organised a student Christmas card design competition last year and then arranged for the winning cards to be printed. Through considerable personal effort she sold the cards, both in and out of school, to raise money for TeensUnite, a charity that supports young people with cancer. Through the cards, and other events within the school, Madeleine helped to raised £5000 in the space of just five weeks last term.
Madeleine has also been a member of the New Hall Riding for the Disabled group, who meet each week in Chelmsford, throughout her time in the Senior School, assisting with the riders, every week. As one of the school’s Chaplaincy Prefects she has organised several fundraising events for various local charities including Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society and New Hall School’s founding Religious order, the Canonesses of the Holy Sepulchre, and their work in the Congo and Rwanda.
Madeleine was nominated for the award by Deputy Principal, Joy Hopkinson who said: “At New Hall, our students’ commitment to charity work is as relevant today as it was when our school began 370 years ago. All our students are committed to serving others, something that is expressed most profoundly through our award winning New Hall Voluntary Service. We are all proud of Madeleine. As well as helping the charities she supports, she is an inspiration to the other students at New Hall School.”
Madeleine Leathley said: “I am honoured to be presented with this award. At New Hall School, the staff give us plenty of opportunities to serve our local community which, as well as helping others, helps us to grow in ourselves and in our faiths.”