Campaigning teen wins youth honour
Diabetic Maisie’s title
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