First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has presented Loanhead BB Lewis Shillinglaw with a Make a Difference Award at the Scottish Parliament.
The award is given to a Boys’ Brigade young person who has made a significant contribution to his local community.
Working for his Queen’s Badge with the charity Thornton Rose Riding for the Disabled, he carried out more than 220 hours of volunteering.
Beeslack pupil Lewis (17) has been with The Boys’ Brigade for ten years. He said: “The people at Riding for the Disabled were fantastic and made me really welcome. I started just to do some hours for my Queen’s Badge, but enjoyed it so much that I wanted to keep on volunteering. It was a really rewarding thing to do. I am now looking forward to doing my training to become a BB leader.”
Ms Sturgeon said: “I was delighted to present Lewis with his trophy and hear more about the excellent work he has done within the community.
“There is no doubt that his efforts have had a huge impact on the lives of those he has worked so closely with, and it is wonderful that he has been given the recognition he so rightly deserves.
“Lewis is a truly admirable young man, and his commitment and dedication to helping others is a shining example to Scots both young and old.
“His achievements underline the role The Boys’ Brigade, and other youth work organisations, have in helping young people reach their full potential and play an active part in Scotland’s communities.”
Bill Stevenson, director of The Boys’ Brigade in Scotland, said: “Congratulations to Lewis. We are exceptionally proud of him.”