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Open letter teenager Chelsea Cameron wins Young Scot award

Chelsea Cameron Image copyright Chelsea Cameron
Image caption Chelsea Cameron also won the Young Hero award at the ceremony in Glasgow

A Dundee teenager who wrote an open letter to her drug addict parents has been named the overall winner at the 2017 Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards.

Chelsea Cameron, 19, whose heartfelt letter went viral in January, also won the Young Hero award at the ceremony in Glasgow on Thursday.

The letter does not criticise her parents, but thanks them for teaching her to be independent.

Ms Cameron said it was a "real honour" to win both awards.

She told BBC Scotland: "I didn't write the letter or do anything I've done for any sort of personal gain.

"It's all really to show other young people their potential and show them that negative situations arise in their life, but they still have lots of opportunities they have access to."

Image copyright Chelsea Cameron
Image caption Ms Cameron was made head girl of Menzieshill High School in Dundee

Ms Cameron stopped living with her parents when she was 14 and stayed with various family and friends until she got her own home last October.

She became head girl at Menzieshill High School in Dundee and travelled to Uganda to carry out charity work.

She said: "People get in touch and tell me about their lives and the circumstances that they're going through.

"To speak up about something as important as addiction, I felt like I had the confidence to do that.

"I really hope to continue to speak up for the young people of Scotland."

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