THERE is a stereotypical image of teenagers as selfish and miserable.
But Holly Ure, winner of The News’ Young Woman of the Year Award, has worked hard to dispel that reputation.
Three years ago, aged just 16, she set up the community group Loud and Proud with the help of mum Nicola and three friends.
The aim was simple – to help others.
In the past three years the 19-year-old, from Gosport, has worked with Haslar Immigration Centre on a project called Music in Detention.
She has organised a tea party in a local residential home, and raised awareness and money for the homelessness charity Two Saints.
Together with other members of Loud and Proud, Holly has supported Give, Gain and Grow – a group for people with mental health issues.
And among many other events, she also organised a concert for the Submarine Museum memorial garden.
Modest Argos worker Holly said: ‘I really, really can’t believe I’ve won.
‘But I’m so proud.’
The other nominees were Amber Leigh Mitchell and Beth Evans.