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Youngster shows kindness to his young cousin
Two-year- old superstar Frankie Lindsay from Armadale has been awarded this month’s Young Local Hero Award for always looking out for his cousin who has additional support needs.
This award was set up to showcase the outstanding young people within the community who have gone the extra mile to help others, with everything from volunteering and fundraising to caring for family members and excelling in school and sports, to recognise and reward them with a special certificate and a £100 gift card to spend at The Centre, Livingston.
Family friend, Alan Lockhart, who nominated young Frankie, said: “He has always been a sweet little boy but especially since his cousin came to live with him.
“He is constantly making sure she is ok and has helped her to come on leaps and bounds encouraging her to speak and learn new words.
“It ’ s incredible to see someone so young, who is incredibly thoughtful, have such devotion to caring for others and it’s brilliant for him that he’s been recognised for it in winning this fantastic award.”
Mum, Kelly Ferguson, said: “Frankie is always trying to help whether it be showing her how to put on her shoes and jacket to playing with her toys.
“He has recognised that his cousin has delayed speech and never forgets to ask for things on her behalf so that she can get a drink or snack at the same time as him. With Frankie only being two it’s amazing to see that he is thinking about her needs as much as his own.
“We are so proud of Frankie, he’s adjusted so well to his cousin coming to live with us full time and has managed to identify that she needs some extra time and attention. It’s brilliant that he has won this Young Local Hero Award, we are so incredibly proud of him.”
Ashley Bisland, deputy centre director at The Centre, Livingston, said: “For someone so young it’s wonderful to see how thoughtful and kind Frankie is with his cousin who he is always looking out for, which is definitely worthy of winning the Young Local Hero Award.”
Courier editor Marjorie Kerr added: “Little Frankie sounds like such a wonderful boy and a very worthy winner of our Young Local Hero Award. Congratulations to him.”
If you know a youngster, whether it be your sibling, child or friend who has gone the extra mile to help others in the community please send an email with the details to:
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The charity’s Money Magic courses have also been updated to adapt to requests made from previous participants and can now offer a range of financial choices in half hour sessions.
Contact Financial literacy officer, Ian McIntosh for more information on 01501 771775 or email at ian@wlfin. org.uk
Little star Frankie is our young hero for this month