A CHARITY fundraising volunteer from Hastings saw off some hot competition to win an award for his dedication.
Louis Bedwell has received the Flame of Hope Award in recognition of his support for Cancer Research UK.
The 20-year-old was awarded the Young Volunteer of the Year award, beating 300 other nominees to the title.
The student and adventure athlete was given the accolade to honour his year of fundraising, named The One Expedition.
After his mother’s diagnosis with cancer he set out to raise £10,000 for the charity, taking on a series of extreme physical challenges.
The past 12 months have seen Louis break world records, complete 230 miles of solo treks and race from London to Brighton.
Louis said of the achievement: “It was an incredibly inspiring afternoon.
“It was an honour to attend the event and spend the afternoon speaking to other volunteers, hearing about their fundraising schemes and motivations.”
The One Expedition has now come to an end and Louis will embark on several months of public speaking, aiming to inspire the next generation before returning to his studies.
To find out more about his speaking event please visit: www.theoneexpedition.co.uk/speaking.
The Flame of Hope awards are an annual event that recognise the fantastic work that Cancer Research volunteers undertake.
For further information about Cancer Research UK’s work and to find out how to support the charity, please call 08701 60 20 40 or visit: www.cancerresearchuk.org.uk.