Teenager named Cumbria Woman of the Year

A teenager from Penrith has been named Cumbria Woman of the year 2019.

Amy Bray, 17, is the youngest person ever to receive the accolade, which has been running for 30 years and celebrates women who have made an outstanding contribution to the region.

Amy is passionate about the planet and earlier this year set up a charity called Another Way to teach people how to live more sustainably.

Since then she's passionately campaigned about environmental issues, conducted awareness courses educating others, encouraged her school to enter the Back to School Plastic Challenge, and advised local business on reducing waste and their carbon footprint.

With the help of other conservationists Amy has also helped set up an environmentally friendly shop in Penrith that produces no plastic waste at all. It's a not for profit organisation and any money raised goes straight back to the charity, similarly called Another Weigh.

There are plans for another branch in Kendal, which is expected to be open before Christmas.

The Another Weigh shop in Penrith is plastic free. People bring their own containers to reduce waste. Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Women of the Year chairwoman Judith Pattinson spoke to ITV Border about why they chose Amy.

The Cumbria Women of the Year annual event wasstarted in 1990, to support the work of Barnardos at Barrows Green, Kendal.

According to their website, "the event aims to find special ladies who are often unsung heroines of our county and honour those who work devotedly for the good of others. Public nominations are sought and the reasons for nomination are diverse, with nominees spanning all walks of life. The woman may be a devoted carer or charity worker, recognised for her outstanding professional achievement, often going beyond the call of duty."