Beth is this month’s Young Lo­cal Hero

Young­ster nom­i­nated by her Rain­bow leader

West Lothian Courier - - News -

An­other in­spir­ing young­ster has been hailed a hero.

Beth An­der­son (7) from Bath­gate is this month’s Young Lo­cal Hero thanks to her hard work rais­ing money for char­ity.

The award was set up to high­light out­stand­ing young peo­ple within the com­mu­nity that have gone the ex­tra mile to help oth­ers, in­clud­ing vol­un­teer­ing, fundrais­ing and car­ing for fam­ily mem­bers as well as ex­celling in school or sports and re­ward them with a £100 gift card to spend in The Cen­tre and a framed cer­tifi­cate.

Beth was nom­i­nated by her Rain­bow leader, Nicola Cook, not only for all her ef­forts, en­thu­si­asm and drive at the 3rd Bath­gate Rain­bows, which was set up in Sep­tem­ber 2017, but also for her out­stand­ing work rais­ing money for char­ity.

This in­cludes help­ing at a ‘ Tea for 21’ tea party to raise money for Down’s Syn­drome Scot­land, who have helped her lit­tle sis­ter Caitlin who has Mo­saic Down’s Syn­drome and been a great help to the fam­ily.

The event was or­gan­ised by 10 lo­cal West Loth­ian mums who all also have chil­dren with Down’s Syn­drome.

At the event Beth worked hard set­ting up the ta­bles, sell­ing tablet and juice and also cleaned up af­ter­wards and raised an in­cred­i­ble £755.

Nicola said: “Beth’s hard work def­i­nitely paid off at the fundraiser.

“She worked hard, and al­ways does, and never com­plains, which is why I wanted to nom­i­nate her for this fan­tas­tic Young Lo­cal Hero Award which she if very much de­serv­ing of.”

Mum Claire said: “Beth was very en­thu­si­as­tic about help­ing at our ‘Tea for 21’ event to help raise money for Caitlin and her friends.

“She loved help­ing ev­ery­one to raise lots of money for Down’s Syn­drome Scot­land.

“Beth has also done some Down’s Syn­drome aware­ness in her school.

“We re­cently took Caitlin into her class to tell Beth’s school friends about Down’s Syn­drome and about what makes us all spe­cial and unique.

“Beth loves go­ing to Rain­bows and tak­ing part in all the fun ac­tiv­i­ties they do. I was amazed Nicola had put her for­ward for this award, it’s lovely to have her hard work recog­nised.”

Beth, said: “I’m very ex­cited to get this award. It was fun help­ing at ‘Tea for 21’ to help make money for sup­port­ing Caitlin and her friends.”

Ash­ley Bis­land, deputy direc­tor of The Cen­tre, Liv­ingston said, “We have had the hon­our of giv­ing recog­ni­tion and re­ward­ing so many young­sters in the com­mu­nity this year for their kind­ness and go­ing that ex­tra mile and do­ing some­thing re­ally spe­cial for a char­ity or cause they feel re­ally pas­sion­ate about, in­clud­ing Beth.

“She is def­i­nitely wor­thy of win­ning of our Young Lo­cal Hero Award this month for rais­ing a fan­tas­tic sum of money for a char­ity which is very close to her fam­ily’s heart.”

And Courier edi­tor Mar­jorie Kerr added: “What a star Beth is and a very de­serv­ing win­ner of our Young Lo­cal Hero award for this month.”

If you know a young­ster, whether it be your sib­ling, child or friend has gone the ex­tra mile to help oth­ers in the com­mu­nity, such as vol­un­teer­ing in a com­mu­nity group, fundrais­ing or 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 Deb­[email protected]­plc.com.

Wor­thy win­ner An­der­son Beth

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