AN APPRENTICE has won anaward for transforming her life after being bullied at school.
Bethany Cross, from Cramlington, was presented with the ‘Flying Start’ top honour at the North East Celebrate Success Awards, the regional awards ceremony of the Prince’s Trust.
The 21-year-old apprentice with Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service was nominated by team leader John Young and Nina Livings, from the community safety academy.
Bethany was referred to the 12-week personal development course by her mother who was worried she had become socially isolated after battling anxiety and depression after being bullied at school.
Bethany began to turn her life around with the support and encouragement from the fire and rescue service and the Prince’s Trust programme.
Since completing the programme, Bethany has secured a business and administration apprenticeship at the service.
Bethany said: “The Prince’s Trust programme has given me my life back.
“Even on days when I was down and distant they never gave up on me. I cannot thank them enough for their support.”
Alex Bennett, chief fire officer, said: “Bethany is clearly flourishing in her role.
“She is highly skilled with IT systems, very motivated, keen to help others and a valuable member of the team.
“She is living a life that is unrecognisable from her experiences a year ago.”