AWARD: Sponsors Kevin Warnes and Russell Collins with Nathan Mawer
AWARD: Sponsors Kevin Warnes and Russell Collins with Nathan Mawer

A THOUGHTFUL and selfless teenager has earned a well-deserved award.

Nathan Mawer, 15, was nominated for the latest Durham Police Young Heroes award by his teacher, Dan Pilling, after witnessing several years of him helping his best friend, Sam.

Nathan and Sam met at primary school and although Sam lives with a disability, it did not stop Nathan from making sure he is always included in all activities. This often involves pushing Sam around in his wheelchair and collecting his dinner for him.

Their friendship has remained strong, with the pair now attending Teesdale School.

Mr Pilling said: “Nathan has supported a young man with disability throughout his school life. He does not see disability and supports his friend with mobility around school and also collects his dinner for him.”

Nathan was presented with his award at the Barnard Castle Emergency Services Hub, by PCSO Lizz Finn and the award sponsors, Russell Collins, from GlaxoSmithKline, and Kevin Warnes, from S&A Builders Merchants.

Nathan’s mum, Alison Mawer, said she was very proud of her son.

“Nathan doesn’t see Sam with a disability, he’s just his mate, so it’s natural for him to make sure he’s included.

“Nathan was really surprised by the award but really chuffed too.”

Both boys are big fans of Sunderland Football Club and next season Nathan is hoping he will be able to assist Sam to some matches.

The Young Heroes Award scheme is designed to recognise young people who go above and beyond in their communities.

Nathan will join fellow winners at a special awards night this year where one youngster will be crowned the ultimate hero.

Nominees must be aged 18 or younger and live in the force area.

To nominate a young person email elizabeth.finn, or call into the police station, in Wilson Street.