L-R: Ian Wood, High Sheriff of Lancashire Jeremy Gorick, Natalie Markham and Lancashire Chief Constable Steve Finnigan

A teenager, who helped to raise thousands of pounds for charity, has won the High Sheriff of Lancashire Young Citizen of the Year Award in recognition of her outstanding achievements.

Natalie Markham from Blackpool received her award at a special ceremony held at Lancashire Constabulary Headquarters. We sponsor the Awards and take place every year and involves the High Sheriff, Jeremy Gorick, inviting applications to find a young person who has helped their local neighbourhood, an individual, family member or local organisation.

Natalie won the award after judges heard how she had turned her life around and was now a role model for other children. Over the last three years she had raised over £7000 for various charities by taking part in concerts, cake sales and dance-a-thons.
 
Ian Wood, Samlesbury Site Director, attended the Awards evening. “We are proud to be associated with the scheme, it is refreshing to come across an award that recognises and celebrates young people’s achievements and acknowledges the contribution they make to the communities where they live or work. Making a difference in the community is an easy thing to say, but it takes drive, determination and dedication to make it happen – and these are attributes that all of the finalists have displayed.”

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