Borders youngsters are a real inspiration to others

L-R Nicole Gray, Sophie Wild, Zoe Daniel, Ben Grant Inspirational Award'Winner, Alan Wise, Amber Masters, Liam Turnbull, the Inspire Awards Group'who arranged the 2013 Awards Night
L-R Nicole Gray, Sophie Wild, Zoe Daniel, Ben Grant Inspirational Award'Winner, Alan Wise, Amber Masters, Liam Turnbull, the Inspire Awards Group'who arranged the 2013 Awards Night

There was plenty of success for Berwickshire youngsters at the first ever Youth Inspire Awards held in Galashiels last Thursday.

The voluntary and inspiring efforts of young people across the Borders were recognised at the awards ceremony in the town’s Volunteer Hall which also saw the handing out of Saltire Awards.

The judges said the efforts of the young people made them ‘a credit to their communities’.

Many of those recognised have been volunteering for years, sometimes in difficult and demanding jobs, showing a dedication and generosity of spirit which impressed both the people they work with an the panel of judges.

The night saw the young volunteers awarded alongside winners of Youth Inspire Awards in seven categories. The Inspire Awards sought to recognise youth achievement and accomplishments, and was planned, developed and hosted by a team of young people from the Borders.

According to a local youth professional “the night was a brilliant achievement” and said of the team “you should all be very proud of what you did and the impact you will have had on the lives of other young people.”

There was plenty of Berwickshire representation on the winner’s podium.

Two of the evening’s top Saltire Awards went to youngsters from the area.

Both Eyemouth High School pupil Frazer Pickering and Sophie Wild of Duns Youth Centre, who also works for youthinfo@CAB in Duns and helped to organise the Inspire Awards, won Summit Awards.

Youthinfo@CAB itself was recognised in the Saltire Group Award category, finishing as runner up. The service is run by 21 volunteers who have give their time and energy to provide and develop newsletters giving advice on issues affecting Berwickshire’s young people.

Moving onto the Inspire Awards, Berwickshire athletes dominated the Sport category with 17 year old Samantha Kinghorn from Gordon winning the award and Westruther’s Calum Airlie, who starred in the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, named as runner up.

The Community Inspire award went to Berwickshire HYPPE Panel, which covers Duns, Coldstream and Eyemouth.

Susan Swan, Volunteer Centre Borders, commented: “We are so proud of our young people - those who have inspired, and those who worked so hard to make sure that inspiration was recognised.

“Hopefully, this event will be an annual celebration of what can be achieved.”