Loanhead teenager scoops top award

Lewis Shillinglaw, a member of the 1st Loanhead Company is presented with the 2016 Make a Difference Award for Scotland by BBC Radio 2 Presenter Chris Evans at a special presentation inside the studios of Radio 2.
Lewis Shillinglaw, a member of the 1st Loanhead Company is presented with the 2016 Make a Difference Award for Scotland by BBC Radio 2 Presenter Chris Evans at a special presentation inside the studios of Radio 2.

A Loanhead teenager has been presented with one of the Boys’ Brigades most coveted accolades at a special presentation in London.

Lewis Shillinglaw, a member of the 1st Loanhead Company, was presented with the ‘2016 Make a Difference Award’ for Scotland by Lord Leslie Griffiths, president of The Boys’ Brigade, and BBC presenter Chris Evans.

Lewis was interviewed live on air by Chris during his Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 before being presented with the award. The award celebrates the achievement of a BB young person who has gone above and beyond to help others.

Bill Stevenson, acting CEO of The Boys’ Brigade, said: “Congratulations to Lewis, we are exceptionally proud of him. Like so many BB young people, he has gone above and beyond to help others. The Boys’ Brigade aims to make a difference in the lives of young people, like Lewis who give so much to help others. He is an inspiration and thoroughly deserves this recognition.”

Lewis carried out volunteering for the Rosewell-based Thornton Rose Riding for the Disabled Project. He has spent in excess of 220 hours assisting the charity.

At the Scotland presentation earlier this year, Lewis received the award from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Following this UK event at Broadcasting House, he said: “To have met First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was brilliant and to now have travelled to London and appear on radio is truly unbelievable. I hope that this may encourage more young people to begin volunteering as well.”