A FLINTSHIRE teenager has been included in Diana Awards Roll of Honour list for 2018 after being recognised for his commitment to voluntary service.

Bradley Williams, 16, from Connah's Quay will travel to Cardiff in November for an awards ceremony to mark his inclusion in the list.

The Diana Awards recognise people across the globe who are campaigning, volunteering and fundraising their way to forging a better world.

Bradley, who attended Hawarden High School, volunteers with St. John ambulance in Deeside as a cadet and has been doing so for 3 years. He is also a cadet with Cheshire fire service in Chester, a crime prevention Cadet with Flintshire and Wrexham Online Watch Link Association (OWL Cymru).

He is also Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and an automated external defibrillator (AED) demonstrator for the charity Welsh Hearts and a volunteer for the Flintshire 5X60 sporting scheme, supporting the youth engagement to reduce anti-social behaviour in the Hawarden area.

Bradley was nominated for inclusion on the list by an OWL supervisor and recently received notification that he had been included in the list for 2018.

Bradley has experienced bullying throughout high school, and his voluntary work has been vital for regaining his self-confidence.

He said: ''In high school I went through a hard time with bullying, and this was before I started volunteering. I struggled a lot, feeling low and not knowing who to turn to.

''I started volunteering at St. John Ambulance and after a few weeks it gave me a huge confidence boost and helped me to change my life.

''The bullying was still happening, however now I didn’t let it get to me. I spoke to someone from cadets and they helped me stop it for good. From this I’ve always wanted to show people that bullying is just a way to bring you down because you're at the top and people shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help.

''Volunteering has given me skills and responsibilities I never thought I could have and it’s also given me a chance to change the lives of others.''

Bradley hopes to become an Advanced Paramedic Practitioner for the Welsh Ambulance Service after studying at Deeside College, where he starts in September.

On balancing his voluntary work between vital study for his GCSEs, he added: ''My GCSEs were the most important thing, so focusing for them was the priority. With studying for my GCSEs, volunteering was a break for me, so Saturdays were my dedicated volunteering day.''