County volunteers proving inspirational

SBBN-02-04-15 Inspire Awards Hannah Hay collecting her award for Arts and Music
SBBN-02-04-15 Inspire Awards Hannah Hay collecting her award for Arts and Music

Berwickshire has proved once again it is a hotbed of volunteering with two young winners at the recent Saltire and Inspire Awards.

The winners of the 2015 awards, including Amy Learmonth from Gavinton and Hannah Hay of Greenlaw, were announced on Friday, March 20.

The Inspire Awards, now in their third year, recognise young Borderers aged 12-25 for their exceptional achievements and successes in the following categories: Volunteering, Community, Music and the Arts, Sport and Global Citizen. There is also an overall ‘Inspirational’ Award for an individual and a group who are particularly outstanding.

Amy Learmonth, aged 17, was honoured in the Volunteering (Individual) category.

She has been involved with Girlguiding Berwickshire since the age of five, starting as one of the first Rainbows in Duns, then a Brownie and a Guide.

Amy has completed numerous badges and challenges and was the first Young Leader in the county to complete a Young Leader Qualification. She has also completed the Chief Guides Challenge. Amy attends Rainbow and Guide Unit meetings and actively participates in planning meetings, camps, trips, and district and county meetings.

This year Amy will be awarded her Adult Leadership Qualification she is the youngest person in the county ever to be awarded this-she just needs to wait till she is 18 to put it into practice.

Amywas described as “a perfect example of a leader of the future. Younger girls see Amy and are able to look up to her.”

Greenlaw’s Hannah Hay, aged 19, won an individual Music and Arts Inspire Award.

Hannah has been involved with the Duns and District Amateur Operatic Society since she was ten and the Duns Players for the last three years.

At first Hannah was a performer but decided her forte was back stage so she offered to do the props for the Duns Players and showed a surprising resourcefulness when it came to finding what was needed and organising things. She has now co-directed various musicals, plays and pantomimes.

Susan Swan, Volunteer Centre Borders Executive Officer, commented: “This Year’s Saltire and Inspire Awards were the best so far.

“The organising group, consisting of young people, brought fresh ideas and flair to the evening, which helped make the event even more special.”