Cody is now a Young Lo­cal Hero

West Lothian Courier - - News - Mar­jorie Kerr

A school­girl who does fan­tas­tic work in her com­mu­nity has been awarded our Young Lo­cal Hero Award for this month.

This award, cour­tesy of The Cen­tre, Liv­ingston and the West Loth­ian Courier, was set up to show­case the out­stand­ing young peo­ple within the com­mu­nity who have gone the ex­tra mile to help oth­ers.

This can take the form of vol­un­teer­ing, fundrais­ing and car­ing for fam­ily mem­bers or ex­celling in school or sports, re­ward­ing those who win with a £100 gift card for The Cen­tre.

And af­ter read­ing about the award in The Courier, Cody Bryan’s mum, Heather nom­i­nated her daugh­ter for the award.

Cody ( 14) is a val­ued mem­ber of the Boghall Com­mu­nity Wing, help­ing with the run­ning of the Sun­shine Club and as­sist­ing the chil­dren with their home­work at the af­ter­school home­work club.

But her drive to sup­port the com­mu­nity doesn’t stop there, af­ter suc­cess­fully win­ning the Youth Phi­lan­thropy Initiative (YPI) com­pe­ti­tion with her team at Bath­gate Academy she and her group won £3000 for char­ity, Cyre­ni­ans Re­cov­ery Ser­vices, in Bath­gate.

Achiev­ing suc­cesses in both her com­mu­nity and school­work she has re­ceived a prize of recog­ni­tion for her achieve­ments through­out the year and a merit of cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from Bath­gate Academy.

Cody man­ages her time between her stud­ies, vol­un­teer­ing com­mit­ments and sup­port­ing her dis­abled mum with her brother and sis­ter.

At the young age of 14 she has shown great ma­tu­rity and is an in­spi­ra­tion to both young and old.

For the last 10 years, Cody has also been a mem­ber of the 1st Ar­madale Girls’ Bri­gade.

She said: “I was shocked by the nom­i­na­tion and de­lighted to win this award.

“I’ve loved be­ing a part of the Bri­gade from the be­gin­ning and learn­ing about Duke of Ed­in­burgh from the older girls in the group I was able to join that too.

“It led me to vol­un­teer­ing and I’ve not looked back since.

“It’s fan­tas­tic to help out at the Sun­shine Club and I find it good fun vol­un­teer­ing, it brings me a lot of hap­pi­ness to help oth­ers.”

Mum, Heather said she is de­lighted by Cody’s achieve­ments and says she thor­oughly de­serves the award.

She added: “I am so proud of her. She has just taken ev­ery­thing in her stride and con­stantly puts oth­ers be­fore her, go­ing out her way to help peo­ple, never com­plain­ing.

“It’s bril­liant that she has won the award, I am so pleased for her.

“It amazes me the amount she takes on, vol­un­teer­ing for both the Ar­madale and Boghall com­mu­ni­ties, while also con­stantly ex­celling in school gain­ing merit of cer­ti­fi­ca­tion ev­ery year at Bath­gate Academy.”

Ash­ley Bis­land, deputy cen­tre di­rec­tor at The Cen­tre, said: “A mas­sive con­grat­u­la­tions to Cody from all of us at The Cen­tre, Liv­ingston.

“It’s fan­tas­tic to see the achieve­ment of young peo­ple within the com­mu­nity and high­light them through the Young Lo­cal Hero Award. Cody’s self­less na­ture and pas­sion for her com­mu­nity is clear, which is why we are de­lighted to present her with this award and £100 gift card so now she can treat her­self to some­thing nice.”

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, such as vol­un­teer­ing in a com­mu­nity group, fundrais­ing, car­ing for fam­ily mem­bers or per­haps even some­one who has ex­celled at school or a sports club and de­serves recog­ni­tion, please send an email with the de­tails to deb­bie.hall@reach­plc.com

She has just taken ev­ery­thing in her stride

Win­ner Cody Bryans

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