Cumbria

Accolade for Cumbrian Red Cross volunteer

Ross Pickthall with his award
Image caption Colleagues said Ross is an inspiration to others

A teenager who helped people following three major incidents in Cumbria has received an award.

Ross Pickthall, 18, won the first aid category of the Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Awards.

His work included caring for people after the shooting rampage by gunman Derrick Bird in June and after the flooding in November 2009.

He was also on board a school bus which crashed near Keswick in May and provided first aid.

'An inspiration'

Red Cross flood recovery manager in Cumbria Hilary Lane said: "He has a charming personality that shines through to all he meets.

"Many have commented that he puts everything into what he does. He is so helpful and caring, and is respected by his peers and friends, who speak highly of him.

"Ross is an inspiration to other young people and living proof that you can make a difference in your own communities if you set your mind to it."

The teenager, from near Cockermouth, has been a volunteer peer educator for the Red Cross in Keswick since he was 15 and teaches other young volunteers how to teach first aid.

He received his award at a ceremony at the Museum of Childhood, in London.

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