A GROUP of young South Tynesiders has been given a royal seal of approval for its efforts to stamp out bullying.
Members of the borough’s Friends Against Bullying group have been presented with a Diana Award.
The accolade, given to young people for making a positive difference to the lives of others and their communities, is inspired by the late Princess Diana’s belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better.
The award was presented to Friends Against Bullying members Molly Williamson, Billie-Jo Thurlow, Dominique Thurlow, Kate Palmer, Ellen Smirnov, Katy Kearney, Emily McKay, Willow Simons, Jack Clauery and Bethany Kinghorn.
Coun Joan Atkinson, lead member for children, young people and families at South Tyneside Council, said: “This is a fantastic achievement which I hope will inspire others to join in the fight against bullying.
“The Friends Against Bullying do a terrific job in spreading the anti-bullying message across South Tyneside.
“The council is committed to supporting their work to root out bullying, which we know can cause misery to the individuals affected.”
Winning the award means the youngsters can now join the Diana Network, a programme opening doors to work experience, volunteering, campaigning and training.