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Midlothian BB receives UK accolade at BBC

Lewis Shillinglaw from Loanhead meets BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans


A Midlothian member of the Boys’ Brigade in Scotland has been presented with one of the organisation’s most coveted awards at the BBC in London.

Lewis Shillinglaw, 19, a member of the 1st Loanhead Company was presented with the “2016 Make a Difference Award” for Scotland by Lord Leslie Griffiths, President of the Boys’ Brigade and BBC Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans .

Lewis was interviewed live on air by Chris Evans during his Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 before being presented with the award last week.

The UK-wide awards were established in 2009 and recognise and celebrates the achievement of a BB who has gone above and beyond to help others.

Bill Stevenson, Acting CEO of the Boys’ Brigade, said: “Congratulations to Lewis, we are exceptionally proud of him. Like so many BB young people, he has gone above and beyond to help others.

“The Boys’ Brigade aims to make a difference in the lives of young people, like Lewis who give so much to help others.  He is an inspiration and thoroughly deserves this recognition.”

Lewis carried out a remarkable amount of volunteering for the Thornton Rose Riding for the Disabled Project. He spent imore than 220 hours assisting the charity, which provides riding opportunities for people of all ages and disabilities. Lewis chose to support this charity for the volunteering section of his Queen’s Badge, the Boys’ Brigade’s highest award. 

 At the Scotland presentation earlier this year, Lewis received the award from First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.  Following this UK event at Broadcasting House, he said: “To have met First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was brilliant and to now have travelled to London and appear on radio is truly unbelievable. I'm very grateful to Chris Evans for doing this with us all and I hope that this may encourage more young people to begin volunteering as well.”


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