Somerset 'unsung hero' Bethan receives youth award

PUBLISHED: 11:00 27 October 2016 | UPDATED: 11:25 27 October 2016

Bethan with Kimberley Wyatt and James Cathcart.

Bethan with Kimberley Wyatt and James Cathcart.

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A 'selfless' Brent Knoll teenager has been recognised for her charity work and has become one of only 20 young people in the country to receive a prestigious award.

Bethan Rees, aged 14, has been awarded a British Citizen Youth award for her work for the charity Educate The Kids which helps provide education for poor children in Kenya.

Bethan went on a family holiday to Kenya back in 2009 and decided she wanted to give something back to those in need.

Since then, she has raised money through coffee mornings, a sponsored swim, car boot sales and many other events.

Bethan was presented with the award at the Palace of Westminster and it was presented by Kimberly Wyatt, who was part of popular girl band The Pussycat Dolls.

Dame Mary Perkins, who is the co-founder of Specsavers and attended the ceremony, said: “The society we live in tomorrow will be shaped by the children of today.

“These unsung heroes are the rising stars of the future.”

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