Rothesay pupil nominated for Young Scot award

Keira Rutherford, pictured here with Margaret Kilpatrick and Mike McHardy of Heartstart Bute, has been nominated for a Young Scot award.
Keira Rutherford, pictured here with Margaret Kilpatrick and Mike McHardy of Heartstart Bute, has been nominated for a Young Scot award.

Rothesay Primary pupil Kiera Rutherford has been named as a finalist in the renowned Young Scot Awards for 2016.

Kiera, aged 12, has raised £2,500 over the last five years for charities including Erskine and the British Heart Foundation.

Her fundraisers have included raffles, sponsored walks, table top sales and even selling her own toys.

In October 2013, Kiera, and her younger sister Kayleen were recognised for their fundraising efforts in aid of Erskine Hospital by receiving the British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizens Award.

Last April, Isobel Johnstone, the schoolgirl’s swimming teacher, died unexpectedly. Devastated by her passing, Kiera decided to honour Isobel’s memory with a sponsored three-mile swim.

Spurred on by her success, Kiera then undertook a 22-mile swim to raise £600 for a local lung disease group on Bute.

Now in its eleventh year, the Young Scot Awards recognises the inspirational achievements of Scotland’s young people across 12 different categories including Community, Diversity, Enterprise and Unsung Hero. The event celebrates the passion, hard work and dedication shown by young people aged 11-26 in Scotland and the positive impact they make to their communities every day.

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said: “Congratulations to all of the incredible finalists. We are so excited to celebrate these inspirational young heroes from across Scotland.

“This year we received hundreds of amazing stories of young people going above and beyond to improve lives in their communities and I’m looking forward to the Young Scot Awards winners being announced at the red carpet event on 27 April.”

The winners of the Young Scot Awards will be announced at a glittering red carpet award ceremony on 27 April 2016 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. For tickets and further information visit youngscotawards.com