A TALENTED teenager, who has been appointed as one of the Lord Lieutenants of Hampshire’s cadets, scooped the Young Achiever Award.

Helen Frawley, a pupil at Lord Wandsworth College near Odiham, received the award for her voluntary work and extra curricular activities.

Despite her age, the 18-year-old has been volunteering for a range of charities and groups for many years, such as the Royal British Legion in Old Basing, and completed a charity row.

She has also showcased her singing ability at various charity concerts in the borough and with the Basingstoke Gang Show.

Helen, from Lychpit, said: “I was not expecting it at all. I was thinking of all the amazing people on the list, and that it would be a nice evening, and then they called my name out and I was very shocked.

“It is lovely and great, and I’m very happy to have been put forward by the Royal British Legion in Old Basing.”

The teenager, currently studying for her A-Levels, hopes to go to Bristol University next year to study veterinary medicine.

Stewart Dennis, sales director of The Breeze radio station, which sponsored the award, said: “Helen is a great example of an inspirational young woman from Basingstoke who volunteers in a number of capacities and is someone who takes advantage of every opportunity that presents itself to her.

“She is talented, well motivated and driven, qualities which are to be greatly admired.”

The two other finalists in the category were George Dillow and Bradley Sutton.

George, 10, from North Warnborough, raised more than £1,000 for St Michael’s Hospice in Aldermaston Road after they cared for his grandfather Michael Arslantas, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in February this year.

He did so by swimming 2,500 metres at the Aquadrome at Basingstoke Leisure Park.

The other finalist was Bradley Sutton, a 16-year-old from Hatch Warren who won a fistful of medals last year in junior Biathlete events and is now training to be a modern pentathlete.

The teenager defended his Biathlete World Tour crown for the fourth year running and was then crowned Biathlete European champion with victory in Portugal.