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  • Teenager recognised for her work at Skelmersdale library

    Henry James

    A SKELMERSDALE teenager has received a Certificate of Commendation at the High Sheriff Young Citizen Awards for her voluntary work at the town's library.

    The Friends of Skelmersdale Library (FoSL) had nominated Niamh Hamlet, 16, who was a volunteer at the library when she was doing her Duke of Edinburgh bronze award.

    Mary Whitby from FoSL said: “Niamh was very helpful. She organised the volunteering role herself by contacting Noreen Martin, the library manager.

    “She was always keen and punctual and stayed for many more hours than she needed to to fulfil the requirements of the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.

    “She arranged and created displays in the library. She volunteers at the children's Saturday craft club and was always keen to get involved. Nothing was too much trouble for Niamh.”

    Niamh, who is a GCSE student, didn’t get through to the final of the Young Citiziens Awards, but the High Sheriff at the time, Robert Webb, was “very impressed” by her work at the library supporting the local community and sent her a Certificate of Commendation.

    To celebrate her commendation, FoSL organised a surprise tea party for Niamh with the library staff and the FoSL members.

    County Councillor Terry Aldridge and West Lancs Borough Councillor Claire Cooper also went along to present the certificate and celebrate Niamh's achievement.

    Mary added: “We would all like to wish Niamh Hamlet every success in completing all the stages of the Duke of Edinburgh awards and in the future.”

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