Alan makes a difference
Teenager gets prestigious award
An Airdrie teenager has been awarded one of the Boys’ Brigade’s most prestigious accolades.
Alan Graham, 18, has been presented with the organisation’s Make a Difference award after dedicating more than 250 hours of voluntary service to Airdrie foodbank.
The former Airdrie Academy pupil has been a member of the Boys’ Brigade since he was just fiveyears-old and last year received the Queen’s Badge, the organisation’s highest honour.
Now the 1st New Monkland company member’s endeavour and positivity have resulted in him becoming one of only four BBs in the UK, and the only one in Scotland, to be awarded the Make a Difference accolade this year.
The delighted Gartlea resident said: “I get a great sense of fulfilment from volunteering at the foodbank.
“As much as the award is about recognising my contribution, all I want to do is raise awareness of the foodbank.
“I’ve been volunteering for two years now and for me it’s all about getting involved and helping out in my community.
“My volunteering has given me a much clearer understanding of foodbanks and just how many people rely on them.
“It’s an amazing feeling and a great honour to be given a Make a Difference award.”
Alan began working at the foodbank to build towards his Queen’s Badge which requires completing 30 hours of voluntary service in the community.
He added: “Some people just do what is necessary to get their badge but I wanted to keep helping.
“I remember being in the junior section and looking up to the older guys thinking ‘I want to be like them one day’.
“They were an inspiration to me and have helped me get to where I am in the Brigade today.”
Alan’s dad, Steven, said: “We’re delighted for our son and very proud of his achievements.
“He really enjoys volunteering and is proud to represent the Boys’ Brigade.
“His effort goes deeper than the norm and he really understands what he is involved in.”
Alan was presented with his Make a Difference award by news presenter and former BB member John MacKay, who also treated him to a tour of the studio where he saw a live news broadcast.
John said: “It’s a remarkable thing for such a young man to get involved in the food bank and make a difference to society. Alan’s story is an inspiring one.”
Airdrie foodbank manager, David Findlay, added: “We are delighted that Alan’s volunteering has been recognised.
“His commitment has been unrelenting. He is always willing to get involved in different aspects of the operation and we are extremely grateful to Alan and his parents for their continued support.” Cookers, Dishwashers, Washing Machines, Fridges, Freezers
Volunteer Alan has devoted more than 250 hours to the foodbank
Top team Alan with his fellow foodbank volunteers
Award Alan is congratulated by John MacKay