It’s not often a 15-year-old is invited to the most anticipated wedding of the year, especially one not related to the bride or groom.
But Faith Dickinson from Peterborough, Ontario is unlike most kids her age. She scored an invite to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials because of her charity work for her non-profit Cuddles for Cancer, which provides fleece blankets for soldiers, veterans, and those recovering from illness. She’s just one of seven philanthropic teens representing The Diana Award at the royal wedding May 19.
The award, according to the charity’s website, is described as “the living legacy to Princess Diana’s belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better.”
At the Legacy Award Dinner last year, where she accepted her award, Dickinson told NBC News that Prince Harry called her “the most impressive redhead there. ”
Dickinson started her charity when she was just 9-years-old to help keep her aunt warm during treatment for breast cancer. “Faith is a firm believer that ‘everyone deserves a cuddle’, so she also makes her Cuddle blankets for people that have other illnesses and diseases, and even for those grieving,” according to her website.
So far, the teen has made more than 3,000 blankets and raised more than $30,000 to pay for fleece and delivery fees. Each blanket is personalized and have been shipped across the world, including Canada, the U.S., U.K., Germany, Brazil, Australia, France and Africa.