Aycliffe youngster, Jake Mendelsohn is to be presented with The British Citizen Youth Award at The Palace of Westminster in October for his Great North Swim in aid of Brain Tumour Research Charity last year.

The Youth Awards, in association with Specsavers, were developed to recognise individual endeavours of young people who are positively impacting their communities, helping charities or undertaking exceptional activities in support of others.

Across the nation young people are showing kindness and caring to others, but often without the recognition it deserves. The Youth Awards provide a benchmark where the endeavours of young people can be publicised, recognised and held up as role models for their peers.

We live in a world where negativity prevails, and where young people are subject to negative generalisations. The Youth Award wants to shine the light of positivity on the youth of Britain and highlight the magnificent contribution that young people make to our communities up and down the country.

Jake will be 15 on 9th October, and is in year 10 at Woodham Academy. He is a keen water polo player playing for Sedgefield, but he also represents the North East.

Jake (Grandson of Aycliffe Champion charity worker Peter Beaty) is one of 25 boys in his age group in the country chosen to attend the England Talent National Academy at Lancaster University in August this year.

His ambition is to represent his country playing water polo and he would also like to take part in The Great North Swim again next year and raise more money for brain tumour research.