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 Second Teesdale Young Hero revealed


​TEESDALE’S newest young hero has been crowned.


Kaitlyn Ramsay, of Romaldkirk, is the second young person to be given the award as part of the police initiative to recognise youngsters who have gone above and beyond for their communities.
The 14-year-old was nominated by her mother, Melissa Ramsay, after witnessing all of her charity work as part of the pageant world.
Kaitlyn, who has recently been crowned Miss Bell Teen UK, started pageantry just 14 months ago and has already raised £1,400 for several charities including more than £1,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Alder Hey.
Mrs Ramsay said Kaitlyn has been bullied for following her passion but despite this has continued to fundraise for good causes.
Some of her challenges have included everything from organising her own fashion shows to bungee jumping.
Mrs Ramsay said: “She's a hero in my eyes; there aren’t many 14 year olds give up their spare time, including Christmas Day, to help others.”
Kaitlyn and her family attended Barnard Castle Police Station this week to receive her award.
She was greeted by Neighbourhood Inspector Ed Turner who presented her with the award along with his colleagues PCSOs Steve Richardson and Paul Conroy.
Two of the award sponsors and business owners Donna Dobson and Dick Francis also attended.
Insp Turner said: “I was so impressed with how modest Kaitlyn is and her determination to succeed and continue fundraising.
“Kaitlyn has been subject to bullying so it’s even more admirable that she’s so determined to raise funds for good causes irrespective of that negativity she’s experienced and that’s why it’s so important to recognise young people like her.”
Kaitlyn is the second of 12 winners and will be invited to a special awards night next year where one youngster will be crowned the ultimate hero.
Nominees must be aged 18 or younger and live in the force area.
To nominate a young person call 101 and ask to speak to the Barnard Castle Neighbourhood Police Team.