An inspirational teenager who has spent her whole childhood as a young carer has been awarded with a British Citizen Youth Award (BCyA).

Army Cadet, Sergeant Major Amy Barbour is a 16- year-old from Saltcoats, was presented with a medal for making such a positive impact on society, becoming a role model for her community and inspiring young people at a formal presentation held in the House of Lords on Wednesday, October 16.

Speaking afterwards, Amy said: “I am extremely proud to have received the award, in recognition of my involvement and contribution within the community.

“However, I am even more grateful to my battalion for the unfaltering support they have given me, without which I would not have been able to overcome as many obstacles as I have.”

Amy has risen above school bullies to excel in recent exams with straight A’s at Higher Level and even mentors younger pupils as part of her devotion to volunteering in her spare time.

Amy added: “Given the common misconception that young people are unmotivated, trouble-makers living their lives online, it was incredibly encouraging and inspiring to see the achievements, qualities and skills of so many of my peers.”

Amy has been a big part of the army cadets for almost four years now and she believes that without them she would not be the confident young adult that she has become today.

Chief Of Staff at Army Cadets HQ, Colonel Stuart Williams, commented: “I felt deeply honoured to join Cadet Sergeant Major Amy Barbour as she received her British Citizen Youth Award medal

Commandant of the West Lowland Battalion ACF said that: “I am sure that with her almost limitless reserves of energy and resolve, this human dynamo will make a significant difference to the lives of others as she progresses through life.”

Amy aspires to be commissioned as a Medical Officer in the Army and is certain that the skills and opportunities the Army Cadets has provided her with will be of massive benefit going forward.

Amy has received great recognition from the Scottish Youth Parliament and her outstanding efforts have raised young carer related motions to raise awarness and to drive for change.