Net­work of­fers ad­vice ser­vice

Young­ster shows kind­ness to his young cousin

West Lothian Courier - - 11.10.2018 - Deb­bie Hall

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:

Deb­bie.hall@reach­plc.com. The West Loth­ian Fi­nan­cial In­clu­sion Net­work of­fers a ben­e­fit ad­vice ser­vice at Fauld­house Part­ner­ship Cen­tre Mon­day to Wed­nes­day, 10am to 3pm and on a Fri­day by ap­point­ment only. The ser­vice is also avail­able in Bre­ich at Wood­muir Pri­mary School, by ap­point­ment, in Lon­gridge Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Wed­nes­days from 3.30pm to 5.30pm and Stoney­burn Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Wed­nes­days from 10am un­til noon. Please note the change at Bre­ich.

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

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