AN Evesham teenager has been honoured with a prestigious award.

Kiaragh Brown from Sheriffs Lench has received a British Citizen Youth Award, which recognises an extraordinary contribution to society, charities and good causes.

The 13-year-old, who is in Year 9 at Prince Henry’s High School in Evesham, found her passion for fundraising two years ago when she was chosen as the local carnival queen. Her royal duties included choosing a charity to support and she selected The British Heart Foundation as one of her friends has a heart condition.

In 18 months, she has raised more than £3,000, helped to get defibrillators installed in rural communities and gave up her weekends to run stands at community events.

Since then she has also dedicated her time to supporting Pancreatic Cancer UK having sadly lost her grandfather, Poppa Jim, to the disease last year and not wanting anyone else to go through the pain of losing a loved-one to the disease.

She was honoured for her fundraising efforts at a formal presentation held at the Palace of Westminster on Thursday, October 18, that was attended by 120 guests including host, Rt Hon Lord Dholakia, patrons Dame Mary Perkins, Nicky Cox MBE and presenter Ashley Banjo.

Her parents Chris and Christina Brown said: "We’re so proud of Kiaragh and how she has put so much into her fundraising which is now at almost £7,000 for the two charities.

"She won a Wychavon Community Recognition Award in March for her fundraising for the British Heart Foundation and to now be a British Citizen Youth Award medallist is just fantastic."

The teenager is also a talented singer and the current Evesham Young Musician of the Year, singing at a number of local events recently and donating the fees to Pancreatic Cancer UK."