A teenager said she has “never been so happy” after receiving an award in recognition of her work helping people with disabilities.

Eighteen-year-old Charlotte Archer from Woodside Park won this year’s Young Star Award at Norwood’s Annual Star Awards for volunteers.

Norwood supports children and adults with learning disabilities and vulnerable families, and relies on more than 650 volunteers to help support its services and staff its high street shops.

Charlotte, who has just finished her A Levels, first attended the charity’s Hope Centre in Cricklewood as part of her work experience.

Since then she has continued to visit the centre, which supports children with special educational needs and their families, joining in with their sessions and helping to produce resources for the children.

After receiving her award at a special ceremony hosted by Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub,
Charlotte said: “This is amazing, I've never been so happy.

"To me it's two and a half hours spent playing with children but for the parents it's two and a half hours they can have for themselves."