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Teenager honoured for charity work

Hannah Larkin, who has been honoured for her charity work

The founder of a teenage cancer charity has been honoured for her work at a special ceremony.

Hannah Larkin set up Butterfly Giving when she was just 15 to improve the lives of teenagers fighting cancer and to offer help and support to their family and friends.

The charity also helps educate young people about cancer. It received registered status with the Charity Commission last year.

Hannah was presented with a Mayor’s Award from Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon at a ceremony in Middlesbrough Town Hall on Thursday (January 23).

Hannah Larkin pictured with dad Paul and mum Julie after receiving her Mayor’s Award at Middlesbrough Town Hall

17-year-old Hannah, who hopes to become a doctor, won the 2011 Ambition Axa Award for her community work.

She donated some of the prize money to the teenage oncology ward at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital.

Mr Mallon said: “Middlesbrough’s future lies with its young people, and the town is fortunate to have young people of the calibre of Hannah Larkin."

Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon pictured with Hannah Larkin