A WOMAN who has helped thousands of youngsters in Hampshire has been recognised for her dedication.

Cath Longhurst, who is the chief executive officer of the Basingstoke Consortium and EBP South ,was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at The Portsmouth News’ Business Excellence Awards.

The award came as a complete surprise to Cath, who had attended the awards as EBP South was nominated in the Community Contribution category.

Cath said: “This tribute is not just about me, but really about the huge contribution of all the team at EBP South who make our organisation so successful.”

The consortium joined forces with EBP South last year to provide services across Hampshire.