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Local girl congratulated for British Citizen Youth Award

05 December, 2017
A Glamis youngster was congratulated in the Scottish Parliament after receiving a British Citizen Youth Award
Emily was presented with her BCyA award by James Cathcart and Ashley Banjo

A youngster from Glamis was congratulated in the Scottish Parliament after MSP for Angus South, Graeme Dey, lodged a motion regarding her achievements.

Outstanding achievements

Emily Lindley, 14, was honoured with a British Citizen Youth Award (BCyA) in recognition of her outstanding charitable fundraising and contribution to her local community.

BCyA, in association with Specsavers, seeks to highlight the many acts of bravery, kindness and compassion carried out by young people across the UK.

Emily was one of 24 medallists who attended the ceremony at the Palace of Westminster in October.

Inspirational

Dame Mary Perkins, co-founder of Specsavers, said: ‘Emily is such an inspirational young lady and clearly has a very big heart, dedicating her spare time to fundraising for an orphanage in Kenya and visiting a local residential care home.

‘We partnered with the BCyA to help find truly unique youngsters and we’re delighted someone as special as Emily has received recognition for her efforts – firstly through the award, and then in the Scottish Parliament.’

Emily raised more than £2,880 for an orphanage in the Nyahera community in Kenya helping to provide meals and footwear to prevent footrot.

She also regularly visits a local residential care home to provide dog therapy with family pet Spencer, which has proved beneficial for the care home’s residents, some of whom have dementia.

The motion in the Scottish Parliament was supported by MSPs Joan McAlpine, Ash Denham, Bill Kidd, Clare Haughey, Jenny Gilruth, Edward Mountain, Gail Ross, Richard Lyle, David Torrance, Alexander Burnett, Fulton MacGregor, Tom Arthur, Gillian Martin and Ivan McKee.

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