SHE has worked tirelessly to teach youngsters the importance of road safety as a volunteer with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Now Karen Wood, from Stamshaw, has been recognised for her sterling efforts as a volunteer at Cosham fire station.
The 50-year-old was another of the award winners at last night’s Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Celebrating Success ceremony.
Karen has been a volunteer at the station for two years, in addition to her job as a lecturer in public services at South Downs College.
Last night, she picked up the Volunteer Award from Chief Fire Officer John Bonney.
Karen said: ‘It feels brilliant to have won the award.
‘I really enjoy what I do because I love being able to bring the work of the fire service together with the young people I teach at South Downs College.
‘I work with some absolutely amazing young people and they work really hard. Just today they ran from South Downs College to Cosham fire station and raised £700 for charity.’
Another of the award winners on the night was Southsea station manager Charlie Harris.
While working as a firefighter in Copnor 20 years ago, Charlie met a group of youngsters who gave up all their free time to be carers for family members.
Charlie, 54, from Farlington, decided to throw them a Christmas party at Southsea fire station that year – and has done it annually ever since.
He said: ‘I’m extremely pleased with the award because I see it as being given to me on behalf of the young carers.
‘I’m looking forward to seeing them next week and showing them what they have achieved for all their hard work.
‘When I started it 20 years ago I never thought it would still be going on 20 years later.
‘But after seeing how much they enjoyed it the first year, I thought it had to carry on.’