AVELEY Teen, Courtney-Lee Collins 17, was celebrating last night after winning the Pride of Essex Inspirational Youth 2016 Award. She is now the proud owner of a beautiful glass trophy, framed certificate, goody bag and a cheque for £1000. Courtney-Lee is absolutely thrilled to have won this Award and is honoured to have been chosen.
Courtney-Lee is an avid fund raiser, having raised several thousand pounds for a variety of charities and good causes. She is a regular donator to the Children’s wards at Basildon Hospital and visits the patients there dressed as Anna from Disney’s Frozen. She donates on a regular basis to Thurrock Food banks and is a presenter for Community Radio station Phoenix FM. Courtney-Lee recently became the stations youngest ever Drive Show presenter at just 16 years old.
Courtney-Lee is currently a sixth form student at The Ockendon Academy, studying for A levels in Law, Psychology and English Literature. Her mother Wendy, who has mobility difficulties herself, said despite her daughter’s busy schedule, she is a massive help to me and always finds time to spend with her younger sister Kacey-Lee, who has severe autism. The girls are inseparable and I could not be anymore proud.
Courtney-Lee is also planning her trip to Paris next spring, to compete on the International stage as part of Team England in well known pageant Face of the Globe. She will take part in Interviews, Fit camp, on stage public speaking, community appearances and charity fund raising in her bid to seal this title. Should she be lucky enough to win, Courtney-Lee would like to use the title as a platform to further her charity efforts and raise awareness of good causes within the community.
Courtney-Lee now has her own show on Phoenix FM called Don’t Stop the Beat on Saturdays from 6 to 8pm. You can tune in at www.phoenixfm.com OR by downloading the app available for both android and iphone.