Prince William and Harry give Ontario teen Legacy Award

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A Peterborough, Ont. girl got the royal treatment Thursday when she was presented an award by Prince William and Prince Harry for her charity work.

Faith Dickinson, 14, was one of 20 teenagers from around the world honoured with a Diana Legacy Award. The award is a tribute to Princess Diana, whose work “touched the lives of millions,” William told the audience.

Dickinson was selected for her initiative, “Cuddles for Cancer,” which has helped provide more than 3,500 blankets to help keep cancer patients warm. She started the charity at the age of nine after her aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The one-of-a-kind blankets have since been sent across the globe, and each one is personalized based on the patient’s favourite colour and interests.

The inaugural award ceremony took place at St. James Palace in London. Award recipients were chosen for embodying the qualities such as kindness, compassion and service.

“Harry and I feel that our mother lives on in the countless acts of compassion and bravery that she inspires in others,” William said.

With files from The Associated Press

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