A schoolgirl from Merton has won a prestigious award for spending over 300 hours of volunteering per year.

Mia Ciano, from Raynes Park High, has been added to the Diana Award Roll of Honour 2017. The list recognises 750 exceptional young people from across the world.

The 13-year-old trained as a peer mentor with the SHINE Trust, a charity supporting educational programs for disadvantaged children, in 2016. She spends six hours a week giving younger children academic support and guidance. The charity say the project supports over 120 disadvantaged pupils in Mitcham.

Mia also volunteers at community events as a steward and promotes SHINE projects by giving speeches.

Kristina Burton, SHINE Merton Project Manager, said: "We are very proud of Mia’s achievements and I hope that her Award will inspire many young people to follow her steps and help out in the community."

The Diana Award is the longest running award for young people, given to individuals and groups through a retrospective nomination process only. It was set up in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, and her belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better.