A student midwife who delivered an impressive performance in a national competition has enjoyed a date with royalty.

Keighley resident Sarah Broadhead-Crofts – who is in the final year of a midwifery degree at Bradford University – was highly commended in the Scholarship Awards, run by Cavell Nurses’ Trust.

And she, along with fellow top performers, met the Princess Royal, who was the guest of honour at a glittering awards ceremony in London.

“My previous profession was in banking and through my voluntary work, I came into contact with the National Childbirth Trust and midwives,” said Sarah.

“I wanted to give something back to my community, and when I saw that through being a midwife you really had the opportunity to make such a difference and could improve lives for a long time, I was keen to be part of that.”

Nearly 30 student nurses and midwives competed in the awards across five categories. The rigorous selection process included in-depth interviews by a judging panel featuring top figures in nursing.

Sarah received her award from Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England.