The finalists to become Clackmannanshire Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year have been announced.
The finalists for Citizen of the Year, sponsored by the Lord Lieutenant's Trust are:
George Burnett – as District Commissioner for the Scouts in Clackmannanshire he provides leadership and support for more than 500 members and 150 adult volunteers, expanding the service to offer more places for local young people.
Alan Faulds – is a firefighter with nearly 26 years service, and as the local Area Liaison Officer works with communities and as a volunteer to provide road safety events for young people and helping develop a device to help older and disabled people test their smoke alarms safely.
Alex Harvey – has transformed the school garden at Park Primary into a quiet and safe learning space for children, helping them access outdoor learning activities, as well as running gardening and chess clubs to help nurture young people’s interests and potential.
Marion Levett – has worked for a number of years to help support local women suffering abuse, addiction, mental ill health and other issues, and is now fostering children to help make them feel secure and nurtured.
Denise Moffat & Adrian Tobin – helped raise the alarm after a fire broke out in their neighbour’s house in Craighorn Road, Alva and along with their neighbour they got into the flat and rescued the occupant.
Caroline Crawford is the current Citizen of the Year in recognition of her work as part of Menstrie Community Council for over 30 years.
The finalists for the Young Citizen of the Year have also been announced:
Alva Academy S6 Cohort –have raised in excess of £43,000 for a number of charities, in particular Macmillan Cancer Support which has raised enough to pay for every single grant given by the charity to the Hillfoots community for the sixth year running.
Kara-Olivia Anderson – has been driving forward a commitment to raise money for Poppy Scotland’s Poppy Pledge, organising fund raising events to raise a significant sum to help those impacted by war and its aftermath in Clackmannanshire and the wider area.
Leah Anderson & Eva Duncan – have given up their spare time to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, have helped in Remembrance events and help support the Parkinson’s Choir by spending time with members and making refreshments.
Sara Anwar, Jamie Noon & Emma Orr – have all volunteered for Disability Scotland, inspired by their work in the Youth Philanthropy Initiative they have helped other young people to understand the needs of the disabled while highlighting misconceptions around the issue.
Lauren Binning – has volunteered for many charities while also becoming a Dux medallist, she also performs in musical ensembles and is a founding member of the Trad Band, and has completed her Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award.
Scott Brough – gives up his spare time to help a number of causes, taking part in fundraising activities including a team cycle from Glasgow to Edinburgh, as well as encouraging young skiers as an instructor and achieving his Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award.
Aiden Cribben – acted bravely when a fire broke out in a nearby property on Boxing Day 2018, helping his neighbours to rescue the occupant of the flat.
James Evans & Cameron Murphy – help to ensure that school performances look and sound fantastic, along with performing regularly as musicians, contributing to charity events and helping out local primary schools.
Sarah Harris – is a sports leader and helps run a successful weekly badminton club, helping to organise events and competitions in her spare time, and has also raised valuable funds for Macmillan Cancer Support by cutting off 12 inches of her hair.
Katherine Martin – has taken part in sporting, science and mental health events, runs an after school badminton club, volunteers weekly at a local nursery and care home and volunteered at last year’s Special Olympics.
Martha Tindall – raised money for charity by organising weekly bake sales at school, performed as a musical soloist, mentors other young musicians, and organised a Christmas performance at Forth Valley Royal Hospital.
Shellby Burns is the current Young Citizen of the Year, in recognition of her contribution in leading a research based campaign for “So Precious” who provide care for premature babies and families affected by issues during childbirth.
Provost Tina Murphy said: “All these finalists have made significant contributions to our communities in Clackmannanshire in so many valuable ways. I look forward to hearing the Lord Lieutenant announce the winner of the Citizen of the Year next month, and I will be delighted to announce the winner of the Young Citizen of the Year at the event.”
The winners of the awards will be announced at a ceremony on 5 March