Northumberland’s Finest honours young people

Northumberland's Finest winners with their awards.
Northumberland's Finest winners with their awards.

Young people from across the county have been honoured for their achievements at the fourth Northumberland Finest Awards.

The ceremony is created and organised entirely by young people as a result of how they felt youngsters were portrayed in the media.

There were 12 categories honouring outstanding achievements, leadership, overcoming barriers, volunteering, as well as awards for group work.

Guests included The Duchess of Northumberland, Sir John Hall, the High Sheriff of Northumberland, local MPs and Northumberland county councillors.

Coun Dave Ledger, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “It was fantastic to meet with the young people and hear about their achievements.

“This is one of many of our youth service initiatives to help young people with the issues they face today.

“It’s good to praise and acknowledge the excellent work being done by our younger generation across a wide range of areas and makes you proud to live in Northumberland.”

The Duchess of Northumberland said: “As well as being a credit to themselves, they bring credit to the youth workers who have helped them and the county which has raised them.”

Double winners on the night were KEVISA and Kenya 14.

Morpeth’s King Edward VI School Space Agency (KEVISA) started two years ago as a group of students with a common interest in astronomy, meeting weekly at lunch times. Each member was given the opportunity to lead a discussion on a subject they are passionate about, a tradition it continues to uphold.

They won the outstanding achievement and volunteer of the year awards.

Kenya 14 is a group of students working with the Northumberland Youth Service from NCEA who plan and create volunteering trips to Kenya.

They walked off with the group impact and tackling barriers awards.