Honoured for helping kids

A teenager dedicated to improving the lives of local children in care has received a prestigious regional award.

Reece Dungey won the Young Person’s Award at Newcastle Building Society’s annual Cornerstone of the Community Awards.

The 17-year-old, of North Shields, received his award at a gala presentation evening held at the Great North Museum in Newcastle.

Reece has been a member of the Children in Care Council in North Tyneside for five years, and has been involved with a wide range of projects aimed at improving and explaining the situations faced by looked after children.

He meets with decision makers to improve services for these children, and was also instrumental in developing a modern room with North Tyneside Council where teenagers can meet with their birth families in an informal, private environment.

Natalie Falkous, head of corporate social responsibility, said: “Our Cornerstone Awards always unearth some amazing stories, and Reece is a fantastic example of someone who makes a real difference to their community through commitment, imagination and sheer hard work.”

“As part of our commitment to mutuality, we’ve always worked hard to support the communities in which we operate, and the wider Cornerstone campaign allows us to do this through supporting groups which mean a huge amount to our customers.”