AN INSPIRATIONAL Bromsgrove woman has won a prestigious volunteering award despite having to overcome her own hardships.
Vanessa Teall attended the tenth annual Tryangle Awards, sponsored by Worcester Bosch and the Co-operative Members Group, and was thrilled to be honoured with the county’s most esteemed youth volunteering accolade.
Vanessa was recognised in the personal development category for her incredible journey which proves what can be done with spirit and drive.
Vanessa’s life has not always been comfortable – after a difficult start she found she had to do more for herself than most young people.
Despite suffering from low confidence Vanessa pushed through – she now looks at life much more positively and her volunteering work has played a big part in her becoming a more independent and happier young woman.
During the ceremony she was honoured for her determination in becoming a valued member of the community.
Vanessa has taken part in various types of volunteering including working for the Blue Cross and at her local church.
She even did a charity skydive where she jumped from 15,000ft in the air to single handedly raise £400 for the homelessness charity St Basils.
Vanessa received her accolade from BBC Midlands Today correspondent Cath Mackie who said she had clearly come a long way.
Cath added she was delighted to be able to present her with the Tryangle Award.
Phil Street, the manager of Worcestershire County Council’s voluntary youth services which runs the awards, said: “The Tryangle Awards are about recognising the achievements of the unsung heroes.
“The young people that show determination to serve their friends, family and community.
“Vanessa is a perfect example of these young people – she’s a real tryer and richly deserves an opportunity to be in the limelight.”