Volunteers are honoured for work in community

Ashleigh Harrison being presented with her award by ex-boxer Natasha Jonas.

Ashleigh Harrison being presented with her award by ex-boxer Natasha Jonas.

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Two sports volunteers have been honoured for their work in the community.

Ashleigh Harrison and Panda Harrison, both from Sport North Tyneside, received awards for Volunteering at the StreetGames National Youth Conference and Awards.

Ashleigh earned the Dedicated to Personal Development Award and North East Regional Volunteer winner, while Panda won Best Youth Led Activity and England’s Best Young Sports Volunteer Awards.

Both volunteers were nominated by the Sport North Tyneside Team at North Tyneside Council.

Ashleigh said: “To be recognised nationally for the things I have achieved these last few years from volunteering was life changing.

“I have never been so overwhelmed that I was picked to win not one but two awards at the StreetGames Young Volunteer Awards 2015.

“Winning has helped me realise that not only have I changed my life massively but I have also helped others in my community.

“I would like to say a massive thank you to Sport North Tyneside and all the volunteers there for making me feel part of a family and helping me develop into the young lady I am today.

“I have had an amazing experience of volunteering so far and can’t wait to gain more memories and friendship in years to come.”

Panda added: “Just wanted to say a massive thank you to everybody involved with StreetGames Sport North Tyneside for all of the support and opportunities over the last four years.

“I have learnt and grown up so much through my volunteering, along with meeting loads of great people, it has genuinely helped me become a better person who is now able to offer that help to others.”

Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism at North Tyneside Council, said: “Well done to Panda and Ashleigh – what a great achievement – and to Philip Elsdon who also did really well to reach the national final.

“They should all be extremely proud of themselves.

“Volunteering plays such an important role in the community and the StreetGames programme really helps to develop the skills and boost the confidence of those youngsters who take part.”