Two teenagers from Huddersfield have become the first youth health ambassadors for the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust.
Shelley College students Pascha Lindley and Sophia Askari, both 14, have been spending their time promoting the importance of healthy lifestyles to their peers in the battle to beat cancer in young people.
The girls aim to raise awareness of the harmful effects of sun damage, highlight the carcinogenic toxins in cigarettes and promote cancer-fighting properties in healthy foods.
Alongside raising money for the Huddersfield-based charity, the pair have also been educating their fellow students about the possible early warning signs of cancer and the risk of ignoring symptoms.
The students are both completing their Duke of Edinburgh awards and their work will help them achieve those qualifications.
Pascha said: “We were initially quite nervous about presenting to our peers and were worried that people might not take us seriously but we have been surprised just how receptive people have been.”
Sophia added: “I feel that we are already making a difference.”
Helen Mervill, a spokesman for the trust, said: “As a charity, we have been educating young people about the importance of making good choices when it comes to lifestyle.”
The girls have been using the trust’s Twitter account to spread their messages of good health.
Helen added: “I believe Pascha and Sophia’s health campaign will have a huge impact on their friends and fellow pupils.”