AN EXPLORATION charity that provides world-wide opportunities for young people has been awarded the Cumbria High Sheriff’s Shield.

The Brathay Exploration Group Trust (BEG) has been recognised for its outstanding work by High Sheriff Diana Matthews – and also receives a £1,000 cash award.

Malcolm Tillyer, chairman of the environmental and cultural education charity, said: “I want to ensure that all young people have the opportunity to get involved in the opportunities that we can provide, including those with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

The charity has a history dating back to 1947 and has taken more than 10,000 young people on 700 expeditions across the globe.

Mrs Matthews said: “This award is richly deserved. Malcolm and his colleagues have done an amazing job reinvigorating the charity, building relationships and involving young people from disadvantaged areas of Cumbria in their programme of activity.

“What Brathay Exploration Group Trust offer can make a real difference to young people.”

To find out more about the charity, visit .