AN INSPIRATIONAL Leigh teenager has received a prestigious award for his tireless charity work with a surprise visit from an England cricket legend.
Cameron Foster was presented with the Diana Award – a lifetime honour in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales for young people who have made selfless contributions to their communities – by former England captain and double Ashes winner Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff.
The Year 11 pupil at Westleigh High School has raised more than £15,000 for a host of good causes since he suffered an horrific ski accident six years ago.
Cameron said: “It’s unbelievable. Andrew Flintoff is a hero of mine and I’m amazed I’ve been recognised in this way. It makes me even more determined to continue my charity work.”
Flintoff said: “Cameron is a true inspiration. He’s turned his accident into a positive and done so much work for my foundation and many other charities. Cameron’s family, teachers and friends are all really proud. It’s a real pleasure to present this award to him.”
Cameron began his quest for fund-raising and helping others less fortunate after falling 40ft from a ski lift onto compacted ice.
The accident saw him breaking both legs and left arm and dislocating both ankles while on a school trip to Italy when he was nine.
Since then he has taken part in countless sponsored runs, walks and abseils to raise £15,000 for specialist sports equipment for disabled people, Derian House and charities which deal with Cystic Fibrosis.
Leigh MP Andy Burnham also presented Cameron with the Local Hero Award from Street Games UK – a national charity which develops sport with disadvantaged communities.
Mr Burnham said: “He is a role model and a great example for Westleigh High School.”
Headteacher John Banks said: “Cameron has a passion for all sports and cricket is his big obsession. His charity work and volunteering have made him a big ambassador for the school and the whole country.”