A YOUNGSTER has been thanked by a community for her selfless actions.

Katie Fell, 17, has been awarded the title of July’s young hero as part of the Young Heroes Awards initiative rolled out by Durham Police.

Miss Fell has been a young leader for Barnard Castle Scout Group for the last three years and gives up her time to visit the Beaconsfield Court care home, in Barnard Castle, every week to spend time with residents.

She has been recognised for her community volunteering by the Teesdale District Lions Club who presented her with both the silver and gold young leader in service award for the amount of hours she gives up to help others.

Miss Fell was presented with her award by PCSO Preet Singh and Stuart Mcfarlane from McFarlane’s Butchers of Barnard Castle, who is a sponsor of the scheme.

PCSO Liz Finn, of the neighbourhood team, said: “We are delighted to crown Katie as our young hero for July.

“Katie has shown dedication to her volunteering and helped dozens of people both young and old.

“She should be very proud of her achievement.”

The Young Heroes Award scheme is a force-wide initiative designed to recognise young people who go above and beyond in their communities.

Miss Fell is the third of 12 winners and will be invited to an awards night next year where one youngster will be crowned ultimate hero.

To nominate a young person email elizabeth.finn@durham.pnn.police.uk, send a message via this page or call into the Police Station.