YOUNGSTERS helped raise awareness and money on World Aids Day on Friday.

A group of young people, led by young men and boys health worker for County Durham Primary Care Trust Carl Bell, took to the streets to sell red ribbons.

The ribbons are the symbol of action against Aids and HIV, and were sold in the town centres of Newton Aycliffe and Bishop Auckland.

In total, hundreds of pounds were raised, and Mr Bell said raising the profile of the disease was just as important. He said: "Fifteen years ago, it was a massive campaign. Now, we never hear of it. Today is all about raising awareness, although it shouldn't just be about one day.

"We are really happy with how it has gone."

Friday also saw the launch of a four-week campaign aimed at youngsters in Wear Valley and Teesdale, called Be Safe.

Posters and events will be held at schools and colleges to help drive home sexual health messages.