Kathleen gets royal recognition

A VOLUNTEER who has given 10 year’s service to a youth offending service is set to get Royal recognition for her dedication.

Kathleen Fenwick, 59, works for the County Durham Youth Offending Service.

The mum-of-one has been awarded a Butler Trust commendation in recognition of her service, and will head to Buckingham Palace on March 6 to receive her award from HRH The Princess Royal.

County Durham Youth Offending Service is the only one of its kind in the country, and the only North-East organisation to have received a Butler Trust commendation this year.

Gill Eshelby, head of Durham County Council’s Youth Offending Service, said: “This is our second commendation and recognises the invaluable contribution of our volunteers – and volunteers in the youth justice system nationally.”

Kathleen, from Wingate, said: “I was very overwhelmed and cried when I found out.

“If you are open to young people and are committed to them you can encourage positive change.”

Kathleen was recognised out of approximately 250 nominations received from throughout the UK.

A spokesman for the Butler Trust said: “We are delighted to recognise the outstanding contribution made by Kathleen Fenwick as a dedicated and highly respected volunteer for County Durham Youth Offending Service.”