A Fremington teenager has been named national Volunteer of the Year for her work with residents at Tyspane Care Centre in Braunton.

Anais Rose Davis, aged just 13, was crowned the winner at the Barchester Care Awards, which celebrate staff and volunteers who go the extra mile for the benefit of residents and patients living in Barchester homes and independent mental health hospitals.

Anais has been volunteering at the home since the age of two, following in the footsteps of her grandmother Josie Davis who has been volunteering there for years.

She has helped with pet therapy, entertained residents with her singing and dancing, and supported the home every year at their popular summer fetes.

This year she used her initiative to recruit help from the community and get donations towards the creation of a three foot by 2.5 foot cake in celebration of the Queen’s birthday, which she baked using her aunt’s industrial oven.

Awards judge Mike O’Reilly said: “Her efforts to bridge the age gap at the home, as well as her compassionate commitment at such a young age is truly an inspiration.”

Tyspane general manager Sara Maynard added: “Our care centre is like a family and Anais is a part of that family, loved and valued by everyone.

“It takes a special kind of person to give up so much of their time to help others and we are lucky to have such a fantastic volunteer. “We’re always looking for volunteers at the home young or old. Anais definitely keeps us here at Tyspane young at heart.”