AN INSPIRATIONAL Prestonpans schoolgirl has received a prestigious award in recognition of her campaign to raise awareness of ‘invisible’ disabilities.

Preston Lodge High School pupil Grace Warnock, 12, was presented with the Diana Award at a ceremony in Edinburgh last week.

The award follows the Grace’s Sign campaign, which saw Grace create a new disabled toilet sign which aimed to highlight that not everybody who might need to use it would have a visible disability.

Her new sign can now be seen on the doors of hundreds of disabled toilets across Scotland, including at the Scottish Parliament.

Grace, who was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of 10, launched the campaign after continually facing criticism for using a disabled toilet.

Grace invited East Lothian MSP Iain Gray, who has been a supporter of her Grace’s Sign campaign, to join her at the presentation of her Diana Award, which took place at the National Museum of Scotland.

Established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Diana Award is the most prestigious accolade a young person aged nine to 25 can receive for their social action or humanitarian work.

Speaking about Grace’s latest success, Mr Gray said: “The Diana Award is a very prestigious accolade which only a handful of young people around the world are presented with each year.

“Grace’s campaigning for greater awareness and understanding of issues around invisible disabilities, and particularly the use of accessible toilets, is one of the most inspiring I’ve seen during my time in politics.

“Her compassion, determination and inventiveness has had a significant and lasting impact on the issue and she fully deserves this latest recognition.”