A young Morpeth campaigner has been rubbing shoulders with the stars as he helped to pick up a national award.
Nineteen-year-old Danny Bowman was invited to the glittering ceremony on behalf of Fixers after it was voted the public’s favourite charity in the National Lottery Awards.
The UK-wide scheme helps 16 to 25-year-olds to set up a campaign on any subject they like, provided it benefits at least one other person.
Danny used the support to raise awareness of little-known mental health condition Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).
As a sufferer the teenager would spend up to 10 hours a day staring at the mirror and taking hundreds of ‘selfies’. He became so obsessed with his reflection that he didn’t leave the house for six months and was driven to try to take his own life.
After making a film with Fixers to raise awareness of the condition, the campaign went viral and attracted attention across the globe.
“Being a Fixer really did change my life,” said Danny.
“It gave me a chance to help other people to get better, which helped me in my recovery too.
“All 16 to 25-year-olds should make the most of the opportunity to get involved in this fantastic charity. The possibilities are endless because you can launch a campaign about any subject.”
Danny was one of a few ‘Fixers’ to be invited to Pinewood Studios to join staff in collecting the award. The event was attended by Pixie Lott, Jade Jagger, Scott Mills and Liz McClarnon, while John Barrowman hosted the ceremony.
Danny said: “Going to the National Lottery Awards was an incredible experience. It was amazing to be invited to such a star-studded event.”