A STUDENT from West Cheshire College has been named the North West’s most inspiring volunteer.
Beth Carty was named a regional winner in the vInspired National Awards, which celebrate the efforts of volunteers aged 14-25.
The 18-year-old sports student gained the accolade for setting up a youth club at Blacon Community Centre to support families affected by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Beth, from Chester, was named the North West winner in the ‘All Round Commitment to Volunteering’ category for setting up the club, inspired by her younger sister Kayla, who has ADHD.
The club is run voluntarily and Beth raises money to keep it going.
She also trains young people and arranges tournaments and events on behalf of her other volunteer roles with Everton FC, FMA Chester and Karate Kai UK.
Beth said: “It’s such an honour to be presented with this award. You don’t volunteer to get awards – knowing you’re helping people is enough motivation.
“But it’s great to know that people appreciate what I do.”
Suzie Hobson, acting assistant manager for sport at West Cheshire College, said: “Her work has really helped local people with ADHD and their families, as well as her other roles which have really benefited the local community, and she is an inspiration to us all.”
The regional winners will be shortlisted for the national awards ceremony in London in March.