Press Release March 2015

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Young People’s achievements honoured

For the second year, the Lord-Lieutenant for Ross & Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh, Mrs. Janet Bowen welcomed over 140 mostly young people to Strathpeffer Pavilion to honour their achievements work in the categories of Speaking Out for Young People, Helping Others, the arts, sport, the group category and her own special award for all round achievement.

In her opening speech to the audience, the Lord-Lieutenant highlighted that over 100 nominations had been received and went on to explain the reasoning behind the awards saying, “I spotted there was nothing that seemed to recognise those young people who achieve success in quieter ways in school or in their local community, very often helping others, and in many cases overcoming difficulties at home or health issues and so on. We have some special people here and I was deeply impressed as I read through the nominations. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all those who took the trouble to nominate those young people, and importantly our sponsors for their wonderful financial support. Without their input this event would not be possible.”

The main sponsor and chairman of Global Energy Group, Roy MacGregor, along with the Chief Executive of Highland Council, Steve Barron gave short addresses highlighting the importance of this unique awards scheme and the importance of recognising young people in our community who are sometimes misrepresented and misunderstood. Roy MacGregor confirmed his continuing support for the event and said, “We must thank the Lord-Lieutenant for this wonderful opportunity to recognise young people who work hard behind the scenes within the softer areas of our community and society. I was truly humbled in reading through the list of winners in the various categories at their wonderful work, in some cases, having to overcome considerable health and social barriers. Young people are our future and we must support them whenever and wherever we can.”

The evening concluded with the Lord-Lieutenant’s Special Award going to James McGroarty from Invergordon Academy who had been nominated by Scott Houston for his remarkable role in life in his school and the community. James coaches and runs a young football team, he is house Captain within the school, helps with the PE classes and has raised the incredible figure of £10,000 for charity. James is a true role model for young people.

The names of those highly commended, runners up and winners in the various categories can be found on visiting the Lord Lieutenant’s website being: www.llyouthaward.org

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