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Meet the 18-year-old who has won a national award while suffering with a serious kidney condition

PUBLISHED: 09:58 15 January 2015 | UPDATED: 11:38 15 January 2015

Thorpe St Andrew student Lucy Risborough, who has been awarded the Diana award, which celebrates socially active youngsters, for her work with her school's Eco council, including a survey of the school, while also having a serious kidney condition. 
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Thorpe St Andrew student Lucy Risborough, who has been awarded the Diana award, which celebrates socially active youngsters, for her work with her school's Eco council, including a survey of the school, while also having a serious kidney condition. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Archant Norfolk.

An 18-year-old Thorpe student has won the Diana award for work to create an Eco Council at her school, despite suffering from a severe kidney condition.

Lucy Riseborough, a Thorpe St Andrew sixth form student, discovered in June that she had a condition known as a Pelviureteric (PUJ) obstruction – causing her kidney to swell, reducing its function. She had an operation to fix the problem in December.

Miss Riseborough said: “It was a shock when I found out what was wrong. One night I had this pain in my left side and I knew something wasn’t right.”

Despite months of not feeling herself, but not yet receiving her diagnosis, the student, who lives on Boundary Lane in Thorpe, played a major role in her schools environmental welfare.

Her dedication led to staff at the sixth form to nominate her for the Diana Award, which she received.

The award is a lasting legacy to Princess Diana’s belief in the power of young people to change the world.

Miss Riseborough said: “I had my operation in December and it was then that I found out I had been nominated for the award.

“I was part of the sixth form council and was upset there was no council for eco issues. Now we’re hoping to be awarded the green flag from School England.”

Miss Riseborough, who hopes to study environmental sciences at university, added: “It’s really nice and I’m really happy.”

Have you got an environment story? Email rebecca.murphy@archant.co.uk

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