Cam­paign­ing teen wins youth hon­our

Di­a­betic Maisie’s ti­tle

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS - STU­ART GILLESPIE

A Kirkcud­bright teenager has been named the re­gion’s Young Per­son of the Year.

Maisie An­der­son scooped the ti­tle at a cer­e­mony in Dum­fries to mark the end of Scot­land’s Year of Young Peo­ple.

Maisie, who also won the Health and Well­be­ing Award, was di­ag­nosed with di­a­betes in 2014.

Along with mum Soe­naid, who runs KBT Phar­macy, Maisie has been cam­paign­ing tire­lessly for a skin sen­sor called a Freestyle Li­bre to be ac­ces­si­ble to all type one di­a­bet­ics in the re­gion.

She has been in­stru­men­tal in the Scot­tish Govern­ment de­ci­sion to make the tech­nol­ogy avail­able on pre­scrip­tion.

The awards were at­tended by more than 400 peo­ple, in­clud­ing young peo­ple from all parts of the re­gion, their nom­i­na­tors and fam­i­lies, MSPs and coun­cil­lors.

A gala din­ner was held along­side dance shows and live per­for­mances by lo­cal young peo­ple, cul­mi­nat­ing in the awards cer­e­mony.

Coun­cil­lor Adam Wil­son, Dum­fries and Gal­loway’s young peo­ple’s cham­pion, said: “Our legacy from the year will see a re­newed fo­cus on youth em­pow­er­ment which is why we will es­tab­lish the re­gion’s first Youth Coun­cil and hold an­nual awards to mark the achieve­ments of young peo­ple.”

LEADER, Na­tional Lot­tery Young Start and the Crich­ton Cam­pus funded the evening.

Prize Maisie An­der­son with Coun­cil­lor Adam Wil­son

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