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Between them, they are fighting mental health stigma, tackling violence against women and quite literally saving lives around the Commonwealth, all in the name of the Queen.

Channel 4

23 year old medical student Leanne Armitage set up an outreach programme to tell pupils in inner city London – whatever their background – they too can become doctors.


We will look on with huge pride as our young Commonwealth Leaders of today become the Global Leaders of tomorrow

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Queen Young Leaders

Leanne is the founder of The Armitage Foundation – an umbrella organisation currently running her medical outreach programme, Leanne’s Amazing Medics.

BBC Women’s Hour

The Queen's Young Leaders awards recognise the work of young people across the Commonwealth to change lives in their communities. We talk to one of the two UK-based winners Leanne Armitage who won her award for the work she's done to inspire those from disadvantaged backgrounds and ethnic minorities to enter the world of medicine.


Leanne Armitage, 22, and Harry Phinda, 24, both from London, were named among the 61 Young Leaders, an award that celebrates young people aged between 18 to 29 working on issues ranging from equality to education to mental health.

Evening Standard

Prince Harry today congratulated a former child refugee and a medical student who will be honoured by the Queen at Buckingham Palace next year for their work “transforming lives”.