A teenager who has given up his spare time to help blind people since he was seven and champions youngsters’ issues is reaping commendations.

Jaymey McIvor, 14, of North Weald High Road, has received the national Diana Award for his work with the Epping Forest Youth Council and with an Enfield-based charity for blind people.

He has also been nominated for Epping Forest District Council's young citizen of the year award.

The pupil of St John’s School in Epping said: “I was absolutely delighted and it was a good way to end the year.

“With the youth council, there are suggestion boxes in schools throughout the district.

“Some young people said information on the bus services was not very clear to read if you’re new to using buses.

“I did a survey of over 1,000 students in the area, asking what their opinion was, and I will present that to the adult council.”

He has also just won a seat on the Young Essex Assembly, which campaigns to improve the lives of youngsters across the county.

He said: “I want to go into politics and hope to have a career as an MP.

“It will definitely be a busy year for me. I’ve got Year 10 exams and there are the first GCSE exams in December.

“School always comes first.”

His mother, Karen McIvor, said: “Jaymey is a constant source of pride for our family. He has such a fantastic attitude and loves to help others.”

His headteacher, George Yerosimou, said: “Jaymey is an exceptional young man who makes extraordinary contributions to his school and to his local community.

“He does so with a real desire to make a difference, not because he is thinking about the benefits to himself, but because he really does care about how he can improve the lives of others.”