Royal recognition for Hannah at reception

Hannah Baxter chats to Prince Charles.
Hannah Baxter chats to Prince Charles.

A teenage sports student met Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace in recognition of her work in the community.

Hannah Baxter, from North Shields, was one of 50 young people involved in the social action invited to attend.

The 18-year-old, studying an extended diploma in sports science, talked about her role as a social ambassador for Catch22, which provides services that help people in tough situations turn their lives around.

Hannah is now a support leader at Catch22 and next year she will be involved in looking after and guiding the new volunteers on the two-week residential course.

She was responsible for organising and running the last sports day at John Spence Community High School and recently, along with other volunteers, has refurbished the fences, garden furniture and the grounds of a specialist care home for patients with brain injuries.

Hannah said: “It was an honour to be chosen to be invited to Buckingham Palace for the ‘Step Up To Serve’ launch.

“I enjoyed meeting everyone at the Palace and speaking to Prince Charles was something that I will never forget – he was so positive and encouraging about our projects.

“I do believe that through my volunteering I can make a difference to other peoples’ lives, I meet new people all of the time and the projects we undertake are always great fun to do.”