A SCHOOLGIRL who overcame anxiety to help an injured team mate has won praise.
Charlotte Robson was on an expedition as part of her bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award with 21 strangers, when one of the other girls fell and suffered a suspected broken leg.
The 15-year-old, a student at Durham Gilesgate Sports College, who is educated in a group for anxious pupils, courageously stayed with the casualty and offered her comfort during the two hours it took to rescue her.
Meanwhile, two others in the group, on a trip organised by Durham Gilesgate Youth and Community Association, climbed out of the valley and found help after failing to get a mobile signal.
Charlotte was one of a group of young people to be presented with Shrievalty Awards by the High Sheriff of County Durham, Castle Eden farmer Roger Howell.
Carers, youngsters who went to the aid of others and accident victims were also recognised in the ceremony at Durham Castle.
Mr Howell, the 287th High Sheriff of the county, said: “The Shrievalty Awards recognise a very special group of young people who have set a fine example to us all.
“They have made a significant contribution to the community and the award ceremony recognises their special achievements.”
Bryan Russell, executive manager of the Durham Agency Against Crime, which organises the accolades, said: “They are fine examples of the young people in our communities and these awards are a testimony to way in which they have made a difference to theirs and other people’s lives.”
Others to attend the event included Durham Constabulary’s chief constable Jon Stoddart, who handed the children their award and a gift voucher and representatives of the Sir James Knott Trust.
As part of the High Sheriff’s role, the selected holder of the title supports all those working to promote law and order, champions the cause of the volunteer and encourages loyalty to the Crown.