A University of Gloucestershire student who attempted suicide after falling victim to cyberbullying has been recognised for using his past to educate others about the damaging effects of online abuse.

Carney Bonner, 20, of Cheltenham, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious National Personal Safety Awards 2014, for his anti-cyberbullying campaign that he launched with the support of the charity Fixers.

He has been shortlisted in the ‘Young Person Safety Award’ category in the awards run by The Suzy Lamplugh Trust.

The award recognises a young person under 25 who has campaigned to improve the personal safety of others.

He said “It feels amazing to be a finalist in the National Personal Safety Awards. It’s a real honour.”

Mr Carney will attend the award ceremony on Monday, October 13, in central London.

A panel of judges, including comedian Jo Brand, journalist Victoria Coren Mitchell and the Voice UK 2014 star Jermain Jackman will be deciding the winner.