Amazing young people win first Scottish YOPEY
A Glasgow school which has raised over £200,000 to help a poor community in Africa and a teenager who raised over £20,000 to fight cancer before dying from the disease have taken first and second prizes in the first Scotland Young People of the Year contest or ‘YOPEY’ – which is backed by the Prime Minister and David Cameron.
A young woman who gets underage drinkers off the streets and a 12-year-old boy who raised over £1,000 to say thank you to people who looked after his granny with Alzheimer’s were
Holyrood School wins £2000
Buchanan's of Scotland Young People of the Year
Holyrood School in Glasgow has raised well over £100,000 to help a poor community in Africa and continues to fundraise so more pupils can go there to build classrooms.
Students at the Glasgow Secondary have one aim for their Malawi project – to break the cycle of poverty. In 2006 the school raised £2006 to send 2006 backpacks of school equipment – pens, pencils, paper etc – to poor pupils in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world.
Elaine Davidson wins £1000
2nd place Buchanan's of Scotland YOPEY winner
A brave young woman died last month after raising more than £10,000 for a cancer charity while battling an aggressive form of the disease.
Eighteen-year-old Elaine Davidson, of Glasgow, had been fighting brain tumours for more than three years, and was diagnosed with the latest one only this summer. But none of this stood in the way of her desire to improve facilities for other teenagers with cancer.
Soon after she was first diagnosed in 2006,
Emma Shearer wins £500
3rd place Buchanan's of Scotland YOPEY winner
A young woman turned her life around after a bad experience with drink.
Since then Emma Shearer, from here in Greenock, has gone on to help others in danger of drinking their lives away.
Twenty-year-old Emma Shearer was nominated for the years of voluntary work she has put in to help young people at Auchmountain Community Resource Centre in the East End of Greenock.
Emma said: "When I was 15 I got drunk and fell
Bobby Maclure wins £500
Junior Buchanan's of Scotland Young Person of the Year
Bobby Maclure, of Burghead, Moray, took the unusual step for a 12-year-old of having all his hair shaved off for charity.
He had his head shaved in aid of Alzheimer Scotland. This was to thank the charity for all the help and support it had given his granny who suffers from the disease.
Bobby thought he’d raise about £100 but was overwhelmed by the generosity of friends, acquaintances and total strangers. He raised a very impressive £1134.24.