Dilip's double triumph as charity champion


Stonyhurst’s former Head Boy (OS23) has been commended for his outstanding charitable efforts, winning the prestigious ‘Charitable Work Champion’ award at School House Magazine’s Charity Awards 2023. He spoke to BBC Radio Lancashire about it earlier this week. 


This is the second time in a week that Dilip, aged 18, has clinched silverware for his charitable work. Last week, he received the Inspirational Young Adult award at the Best of Lancashire Awards – which celebrates the bravery and achievements of adults and young people across the county.


Today’s award from leading industry publication, School House, recognises the extraordinary examples of what independent schools are doing beyond the classroom. There were thousands of entries across the seven categories, judged by a five strong judging panel, resulting in seven worthy winners.


Dilip beat off stiff competition from Millfield School, Somerset and Claremont Fan Court School, Surrey to secure the ‘Charitable Work Champion’ award, with judge Julia Martin, Chief Executive of ISEB, bowled over by Stonyhurst’s ‘impressive’ list of charity involvement. Editor, Victoria Lambert admired how the school’s ‘integral and holistic approach’ results in pupils like Dilip achieving all that he has, during his 11 years’ at the school - despite Covid and overcoming a life-threatening heart transplant.


Over the past five years, Dilip has been a volunteer at a local charity, Maundy Relief, which offers immediate support to those in poverty, and was appointed their youngest trustee. He has been instrumental in raising funds for the charity and completed a 500-mile walk from Accrington to John O’Groats with his fellow trustees. He was also awarded the British Citizen Youth Award at the Palace of Westminster and is an Ambassador for the Model United Nations – a platform where young people discuss global issues.


During his time at Stonyhurst, Dilip was the first Poetry (Lower Sixth) pupil to receive the Gold Diploma which recognises exceptional leadership of co-curricular life. He was nominated by the Director of Christian Formation for work and commitment to the Faith in Action Award.


Stonyhurst, one of the leading boarding schools in the UK, is a Jesuit Catholic School. It proudly incorporates its Jesuit virtues into co-curricular life encouraging pupils to become ‘men and women for others’ using their gifts and talents towards helping others. Its aim is to create well-rounded men and women who can go out into the world with a set of skills and experiences that set them apart, allowing them to become leaders in our world, creating a catalyst for positive change. It is based on four key themes: Adventure, Chaplaincy, Performing Arts and Sport.


Commenting on the recent awards, John Browne, Headmaster said: “This is another phenomenal achievement from Dilip, who has a relentless passion in helping others. We are so proud of him. He is an outstanding part of our Stonyhurst family and continues to be a shining example of a ‘young man for others’ through his continual selfless acts and charitable initiatives."


Dilip concluded: “I joined Stonyhurst at the tender age of seven, journeying from St Mary’s Hall through to the College. I have fond memories of my school days. Stonyhurst has been integral in cultivating me into the young man I am today.”


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