Ben Hanger, aged 18, is Head Boy at Lytchett Minster School. Ben is an influential leader who provides substantial support to the Sixth Form team. He has led many fund raising activities to benefit local charities. With the help of a former student, Ben organised an abseil, raising over £3,000 for the Outward Bound Trust and the Sixth Form refurbishment scheme, whilst providing fun and challenge for students, Ben has also formed strong links with the Rotary, NSPCC and Lions Club, improving the Sixth Form's participation in the local community. Ben's sister, Melissa, was diagnosed with a rare condition of the spine, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, in 2007. She was admitted to Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital (GOSH) to improve muscle strength and manage the chronic pain. Thanks to Ben's constant support with physiotherapy, Melissa now attends school regularly after missing 2 years of her education. To repay the hospital, Ben walked the Great Wall of China in 2010, raising over £7,000. In addition he has raised £3,500 for numerous other charities. Ben's determination has inspired everyone around him and he has encouraged others to get involved in the community and in school. Ben puts everyone else's needs before his own; he is extremely motivated to help others and his determination, drive and caring attitude are outstanding. He is a fantastic young man, a complete credit to himself, his school and community and his achievements truly deserve to be recognised.