Young Scot Lynne Stewart has picked up a top humanitarian award from the British Red Cross.
The 22-year-old from Elgin, Moray, was chosen from dozens of young people from all over the UK to win the volunteering section of the Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Awards.
The annual awards celebrate the extraordinary and selfless achievements of young people throughout the country.
In 2007, Lynne volunteered at a children’s home in India. She has returned several times since. Through her vision, hard work and enthusiasm she has created a charity, Volunteering Connect Cultures, to offer others the chance to volunteer in India.
Lynne also volunteers for a local youth café in Elgin and is a member and fundraiser for RotarAct.
She was one of 17 young Scots who made it through to the finals of the Humanitarian Citizen Awards, which were presented at a ceremony in London at the weekend.
Lynne, a fourth year honours student in business studies at Aberdeen University, said: “I feel very happy to have won the HCA award for volunteering. Being a volunteer is something I enjoy, as I like to give my time to others.
“Having volunteered in India it opened my eyes to the opportunities out there to volunteer and by setting up VCC I hope many other people will realise volunteering can be great fun.”
The overall winner for 2010 was 15-year-old Cameron Foster from Wigan. Five years ago, Cameron broke both legs and an arm in a ski accident and, during his long recovery, became keenly aware of how frustrating it must be for disabled people to feel excluded from sports.
Since then, Cameron has done countless sponsored runs and walks, and notched up quite a few abseils – including abseiling down Old Trafford – on his way to raising £10,000 to buy specialist sports equipment for disabled people.
The Humanitarian Citizen Award is kindly sponsored by Canon, who have supported the award since it began in 2005.
The British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Award was launched in April 2005 to recognise young people’s achievements and celebrates the contribution that young people make to the lives of others.
The award is for young people up to and including the age of 25 years, for their humanitarian action whether as part of a group or on their own, over a long period of time or as a one off act.
The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.
We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies
in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on
with their lives.