A Bearsden Boys’ Brigade member has received a top award from Scotland’s Secretary of State, Michael Moore - himself a former BB.
Chris Mollins (17) met Mr Moore at the Scotland Office in Edinburgh recently to receive his Make a Difference Award after the youngster carried out more than 300 hours of volunteering at Riding For The Disabled in Summerston.
The award was given to the 1st Bearsden Boys’ Brigade member for his outstanding contribution to helping his community.
Chris was working for his Queen’s badge and Duke of Edinburgh Award when he volunteered at the riding centre and far exceeded the volunteering required, and in the process provided guidance and leadership to younger boys in his own company.
Mr Moore said: “I was very pleased to meet with the BB Scotland and present Chris with this year’s Make a Difference Award.
“With the hundreds of hours of volunteering that he has undertaken in the local community it is an award that he thoroughly deserves.”
And the MP added: “As a former member of 2nd Wishaw, the BB Scotland is close to my heart and I know that they all work hard looking out for others, making a tremendous impact in the local community in the process.”
Captain David Kelly from the company said: “Well done to Chris for his achievements as a member of the 1st Bearsden BB Company and also to Keith Shand, who was awarded a certificate for his significant commitment in the Go Make a Difference category.
“Well done to both of them we wish them all the best as we welcome them as part of the staffing team.”
Bill Stevenson, Boys’ Brigade Director for Scotland - who joined Chris Mollins at the presentation - added: “I am delighted that the Secretary of State, one of our most prominent ex-members, is able to present Chris with this special award.
Like so many members of the BB Chris has made a tremendous difference by volunteering in his local community.
“This year around 400 young men will receive the Queen’s Badge which means that collectively they have spent well over 20,000 hours helping to make Scotland a better place.”
The BB was founded in Glasgow in October 1883 by Sir William Alexander Smith.
Over the past 130 years the organisation has grown into a worldwide movement providing opportunities for young people to meet together in their communities and engage and participate in a range of activities locally, nationally and globally developing skills and confidence in the process.
Today, the Boys’ Brigade Scotland has over 20,000 members in around 450 groups and is represented throughout Scotland.
Famous members include former PM Gordon Brown, former Liberal leader Lord Steel and ex-Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson and the current one David Moyes, who was brought up in Bearsden and attended a local BB group.
Internationally, the BB has sections all over the world, making it one of the biggest youth organisations on the planet. As of 2003, there were 500,000 Boys’ Brigade members in 60 countries.