A brave schoolgirl whose quick-thinking saved her father’s life was among the young people honoured in the North East yesterday.
Volunteers, young carers and budding community leaders were also recognised at the Shrievalty Awards at Durham Castle.
Five-year-old Holly Price, of Stanley, County Durham, took her dad Barry’s glucagon injection from the fridge and bravely injected it into his stomach before calling her mother on her dad’s mobile phone.
She then went on calmly playing on her computer game until her dad regained consciousness.
Jane Morland, from Northumbria Water, nominated the youngster after seeing her story in the news.
She said: “Her actions undoubtedly saved her dad’s life making Holly a real life superhero.”
The occasion was tinged with sadness for the family as Barry has since sadly died because of complications due to his diabetes.
Holly’s mum Sandra said: “We are all very proud of her. Her dad wanted to be here with her today and had made plans, but sadly he is not.
“This award means everything to us. He will be looking down on her and smiling.”
High Sheriff Peter Bell announced the young winners at the ceremony yesterday, organised by the Durham Agency Against Crime (DAAC).
Also among the winners was cancer survivor and former victim of bullying Jonathan Ellis, 15, of Ferryhill.
Jonathan worked for 18 months on projects at Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College as part of the DAAC Eddy project.
Bryan Russell, executive manager of the DAAC, said: “The young people being honoured have made a difference to their lives and to those of other people in their communities. These awards are a testimony to the way in which they have either made a contribution to their community, overcome personal hardship or disability, or displayed courage and bravery.”
Also recognised at the award ceremony were: Sam Cottrell, 17, of Durham; Andrew Donnelley from Ushaw Moor; Thomas Alder, 20, of Bishop Auckland; Bethany Harrison, 15, Hartlepool; Holly Harrison, 12, Hartlepool; Joseph Rowell, 19, Consett; Hannah Beard, Craghead; Mitchell Bowater, 17, West Rainton; Josh Morton, 18, Leamside, Durham; Tamarin Mellor, 16, Newton Aycliffe; Bradley Deluce, 14, Newton Aycliffe; Robyn Hill, 17, Carrville, Durham; Elisha Bates, 17, Framwellgate Moor, Durham; Chelsea Morgan, 19, Gilesgate, Durham; Shona Haston and Britty Farren, 16 and 15 respectively; Charlotte Sands and Angel Snowdon-Smith, both ten.