An inspirational 11-year-old from Redruth whose mum died when he was a toddler has been presented with a special anniversary Diana Award for helping other bereaved children overcome their loss.
Max Morrison was nominated for the award by Penhaligon’s Friends, a charity that helps bereaved children in Cornwall.
He became a regular visitor at the charity after his mum Laura passed away and said that it was “absolutely brilliant” in helping him cope when he felt like “the odd one out”.
But despite coping with his own grief, Max always made time to support and encourage other children in similar circumstances.
He said: “The charity is absolutely brilliant, people of all ages go there, I think I am the oldest now. Jasper is great with the younger children. Penhaligon’s Friends for about eight years and it has helped us both immensely.
“I would never have got over mum’s death if it wasn’t for them. I still get sad sometimes when I think about it, but going to Penhaligon’s Friends really helps a lot.”
After being nominated by the charity, which said that Max was “nothing short of inspirational”, he was invited to attend The Diana Awards ceremony with his family at Bath University. The awards given out on Diana’s birthday were made even more poignant this anniversary year.
Max’s dad Jack said: “It was phenomenal. The more we read about it, the more excited we got. The awards themselves were amazing. They made a real day of it. It was packed in there, a real, big glitzy event.
“They ran a series of workshops for those who won. It gave them a chance to meet each other and talk about what sort of changes they could make as kids. It was a really inclusive event as well. Jasper was really involved with the whole day. Although the spotlight was on Max, it was about the whole family.”
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