A YOUNG woman who has used her dad’s death from cancer to raise thousands of pounds for charity has received a British Citizen Award.

Caitlin Jones, 22, from Darwen, has been raising awareness and funds for cancer charities after losing her dad Nigel to the disease when she was aged just 12.

She has channelled all her grief to raise almost £30,000 for charity ten years since the death of her father, who died from lung cancer on February 12, 2008, just two days after her 12th birthday.

And her efforts have been recognised with a British Citizen Award.

The British Citizen Awards were launched in January 2015 to recognise exceptional individuals who work tirelessly and selflessly to make a positive impact on society.

Caitlin was one of 29 medallists honoured at a ceremony on Thursday July 5 at the Palace of Westminster

Caitlin thanked everyone for their support.

She said: “I was so overwhelmed to hear that I had been nominated for a BCA and even more excited to hear that I was going to be awarded a BCAv in Westminster Palace in London in July.

“I’d never been to London so I was very excited.

“I will accept the award on behalf of everyone who has supported me over the last 10 years and who have helped create smiles for all those who desperately need a smile at East Lancashire Hospice and various other cancer charities.

“I can’t thank everyone enough.”

With the support of her mum Tracy — Caitlin has raised the money for cancer charities to research and battle the disease, as well as East Lancashire Hospice.

Caitlin’s passion for East Lancashire Hospice started when she received counselling after her dad died.

She is a frequent visitor and her regular chats with the patients keep her passion alive.