One of hyh's longest serving Nightstop Herts hosts, Margaret, received some well-deserved recognition for her selfless support when she won gold in the volunteer category at the recent BBC Three Counties People Awards.

The awards, hosted at The Grove Theatre in Dunstable, celebrate the exceptional people of Beds, Herts and Bucks.

Margaret certainly is exceptional! She has been a volunteer host for hyh since 2003 and in that time has given over 100 young people, aged between16 and 24 years old, a safe place to stay in her own home.

"Through her kindness and commitment, Margaret has helped many young people at a time of crisis and ensured they didn't have to sleep rough," said Nightstop Herts Co-ordinator Kelli-Anne Payne.

Nightstop Herts gives a young person with nowhere else to go a safe place to stay in the home of an approved volunteer.

This vital service prevents young people from sleeping rough, "sofa surfing", or staying in unsuitable accommodation where they could be at risk. The use of spare rooms in a positive environment makes a huge difference to young people in crisis.

In typical fashion, Margaret played down the important role she plays in supporting vulnerable young people: “I enjoy meeting the young people when they arrive and having someone else to think about.

It costs just £25 to give a vulnerable young person a safe place to stay in Nightstop Herts. For more information or to donate click here.