Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



Moray’s MP, Angus Robertson, has recently met two young constituents from Moray who each won an award at this year’s British Red Cross Humanitarian Awards for Children and Young Adults.

Daniel Wood, who has been described as an ‘inspiration’ by those he works with, won the Sheila Jose award for his selfless dedication as a British Red Cross volunteer. With no time for resting on his laurels, Daniel combines his role as a Lead Volunteer with a full-time nursing career.

Another Moray constituent, Caitlyn Gallagher, won the Under-18 Photography competition for her moving picture showing her embracing children from the school she had been volunteering at in Nepal. Her entry was included as part of an exhibition of shortlisted photographs on the theme ‘Making a difference matters’. The competition invited young people to capture moments showing community or charitable work.

Angus Robertson MP said:

“It was both humbling and inspiring to hear Daniel and Caitlyn’s stories and experiences.  I’m really proud to represent constituents like them. Their achievements demonstrate a selfless spirit which should motivate us all to do more in our community.

“Out of only twenty finalists from across the UK it is notable that two of those are Daniel and Caitlyn from Moray and they can be very proud of their achievements.

The twenty finalists, aged seven to twenty-five, attended the award ceremony at the Palace of Westminster. Amongst this year’s shortlisted entries for the awards, sponsored by Canon, was a young man who has set up a coffee shop venture for homeless people, a seven year old who has raised thousands of pounds for diabetes charities as well as volunteers who did 12 hour shifts in Calais’s refugee camps through last winter.

Mike Adamson, Red Cross Chief Executive said:

“These young people are an inspiration to everyone. They are committed to making a difference and helping people in their communities – they embody true humanitarian qualities. Their actions have saved lives, helped vulnerable people and supported communities. Across the UK thousands of young people selflessly give up their time to help others.

These awards are a chance to give those young people the recognition they deserve and to say a huge thank you for all their hard work.”

Bob Pickles, Head of Corporate and Government Affairs at Canon UK, said:

“Once again, we are delighted to come together with British Red Cross to support such a great event.

“Canon has been sponsoring the Humanitarian Awards since 2005, and every year, we’re inspired to see the incredible lengths that young people go to, to make a difference in their community.

“We had some incredible nominations this year. We congratulate them all and in particular the winners for their inspirational hard work and dedication to helping those in need.”