Cody is now a Young Local Hero
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 email@example.com
She has just taken everything in her stride
Winner Cody Bryans