A dedicated volunteer and young carer have been recognised for their efforts by the High Sheriff of Lancashire.
Stephanie Tomlinson, 21, and Jasmine Peach, 17, were both nominated for the prize of Young Citizen of the Year 2013.
Although they did not win, they were both commended at an awards ceremony held last Tuesday in Preston.
Stephanie, of Regent Road, Chorley, said: “I was really happy. I didn’t know I had been nominated, but it was nice to be recognised for all the work I have done.”
Stephanie has been volunteering for 12 years and started as a member of St John Ambulance.
She achieved the highest accolade available to a cadet, the Grand Prior Award, and won a national trophy in 2008.
Stephanie was one of several members to leave St John and set up a separate first aid group, Chorley’s Angels.
She is the group’s secretary and spends more than 500 hours volunteering each year.
She is also studying a history degree at Lancaster University and works part-time at New Look on Market Walk.
And she admits that at times, it has been difficult to fit in her work with Chorley’s Angels.
Stephanie said: “I’m amazed I have been able to do it with everything else going on.
“It has been an uphill struggle, but now we have a regular income and more event coverage requests. We are getting more recognition in the community and it’s getting more worthwhile.”
David Forrest, a leader for Chorley’s Angels, who nominated Stephanie, said: “She is juggling so much, doing her university course, her part-time job and volunteering.
“She chose Lancaster University so she could commute and keep up her volunteering here, which is a credit to her.”
Jasmine, who lives in Leyland, was also commended at the ceremony.
She is a young carer and helps both her parents with everyday tasks they cannot do due to illness, such as helping them get out of bed and making appointments.
Jasmine has also helped to raise money for Children In Need by taking collection boxes into college.
Gael Finch, who nominated her, said: “In spite of her extra responsibilities at home, her attendance at college is almost 90 per cent and she is striving to improve this.
“Jasmine is an excellent role model and an inspiration to others. I hope that her nomination will show all young carers that their role is acknowledged and appreciated by the wider community.”
The winner was 14-year-old Rachael Minnis, from Blackpool, who had her hair shaved off and did other fund-raisers for a local hospice after two people close to her family were treated there,
High Sheriff, Ann Dean, said: “Young people can sometimes get a bad press because, often, the majority are let down by the actions of a few.
“I am delighted to be able to reverse that trend by celebrating and promoting the achievements of young people instead, as the Young Citizen Awards are a fantastic way to highlight the valuable contribution young people make.”