26/02/2010 by mcmakarolyn
After being nominated by his form teacher, Miss Cheetham, the 15-year-old was recognised for his tireless hard work for MC&MA and his community at a London ceremony held at Barclays headquarters.
Matthew is the only Manchester resident to receive one of the 20 awards, which recognises young people who change their communities in a positive way, in the last 12 months.
Julia Samuel, friend of Princess Diana, and Founder Patron of the Child Bereavement Charity presented Matthew with a certificate signed by Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
The selfless year 11 pupil however, who mentors fellow students and runs community activities in the local area amongst other activities, didn’t think he deserved the award.
His dad, Ian McCormick, said: “When we were down in London and Matthew was being presented with his award, he turned around and said ‘I feel very humbled.’
“A lot of the other people being presented were carers. He said ‘These are young people are committed to giving up their lives to look after another person, and I don’t do that.’
“I said: ‘Matthew, you’re more than entitled to be here’.”
Commitment to the community
Matthew, who lives in Moston, also helps out at every MC&MA parents evening and the Academy’s senior citizen Christmas party.
Matthew’s community work via the Scouts also impressed the Diana Award judges. He has set up equipment and ran activities for Scout and Northwards Housing community days in Cheetham Hill, Crumpsall, Blackley and Moston.
Last year Matthew also helped to plant 50 Oak trees in Blackley Forest for Remembrance Sunday. It was to commemorate 49 service people who lost their lives in World Wars One and Two, and one who died in conflicts since.
Matthew is also an impressive student, and plans to go into further education to study A Levels and university degree. He is also working towards his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award with Scouts.
His scout master Gary Hollingsworth said: “I am proud to have Matthew in our Scout Group as he is a pleasure to work with and a shining example to the members of our Group.”