Young achievers recognised for community efforts

COMMUNITY CHAMPS: The High Sheriff of Durham, Gerry Osborne, with award winners at Durham Castle.
COMMUNITY CHAMPS: The High Sheriff of Durham, Gerry Osborne, with award winners at Durham Castle.
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A TEENAGER who defied death and helped raise thousands for charity is among young people championed for their community efforts.

Charlie Stagg was one of more than 30 young people who received awards from the High Sheriff of County Durham, Gerry Osborne.

The High Sheriff’s awards are a testimony to the tremendous efforts made by these young people.

Bryan Russell, executive officer, Durham Agency Against Crime

When he was born three months early weighing less than 2lbs, no one expected Charlie, now aged 14, to survive.

Charlie attends school with a carer and he has received treatment at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

He takes part in the Junior Great North Run, raising money for the Newcastle Special Care Baby Unit, the Tree Tops ward at the University Hospital of North Durham, Durham Action for Children with Tracheostomies, the Lads Together Group and GOSH.

Others awarded certificates and gift vouchers at Durham Castle included Durham group Lads Together; Naomi Denning, TJ Mould and Elize Cabane-Bouveng, all 13 and Durham Free School students who have worked on a community project; Lucy Dunbar and Lauren Bell, both 18, volunteers with Cheesy Waffles youth group and Shotton Colliery football coach Anne Marie Banks, 18.

Bryan Russell, executive manager for Durham Agency Against Crime, said: “Year after year I am astounded by the number of young people from across County Durham and Darlington who go above and beyond expectations to make a difference to the lives of people in their communities.

“Some of them have overcome personal hardship or disability along the way. The High Sheriff’s awards are a testimony to the tremendous efforts made by these young people.”