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Hunter-Christie Prize for Anna Luxton

Sunday, December 9th 2001 - 20:00 UTC
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This year's recipient of the Bill Hunter-Christie Memorial Prize, for an outstanding Falklands overseas student is Miss Anna Luxton of Stanley. Her prize -- a clinical medical book and an almanac - was presented to her by his widow, Mrs Merle Christie. Twenty-year old Anna is studying physiotherapy at Brunel University in London, after gaining outstanding A level results at Peter Symonds' College

After her degree and some years' experience in Britain, and, she hopes, in Australia and New Zealand, Anna, like so many other young Falklands students, plans to return home. She told Mercopress that coming away from the Islands makes her appreciate home more and the Falklands special way of life. "I love Camp, the openness, the small community", she said. "It is a very safe society. I want my children to have the same kind of upbringing as I did. I had such a happy safe childhood where Mum and Dad could let me go out unattended and know I would be safe. I want my children to do that".

Expressing gratitude to the Falklands Government for their encouragement to all students, Anna says: "We are very lucky. We really are grateful for the Government's financial help and the opportunities they give us to study. By contrast, my university friends are still paying off loans".

Another Falklands achiever is Anna's sister, Zoe Luxton, 24, who qualified as a veterinary surgeon this year at London University, and is now working with an animal practice in Ipswich in Norfolk.

This is the third time the Hunter-Christie prize has been awarded to a female student. The previous winners are: Miss Nina Aldridge, a radiographer, and Doctor Rebecca Edwards.

Bill Hunter-Christie, a prominent barrister, who died in 1997, was a founder member of the Falkland Islands Committee and Association, and a freeman of Stanley.

Harold Briley (MP), London

Categories: Falkland Islands.

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