Teenager nominated for humanitarian award

Nomination: Bryony is one of 33 young people who have made it onto the list of finalists for the British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Awards 2011. picture: Alison Kennedy
Nomination: Bryony is one of 33 young people who have made it onto the list of finalists for the British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Awards 2011. picture: Alison Kennedy

A former pupil of Fraserburgh Academy and Tyrie primary school has been nominated to receive a British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Award.

Bryony Shepherd (18), has been short-listed to receive the award and invited to attend the ceremony which will be held at the Bishopsgate Institute in London on October 2, after receiving several nominations in the fundraising category.

Speaking to the Herald about the nomination Bryony said: “I was absolutely gobsmacked when I received the letter. I had no idea I had been nominated, it is very humbling.”

Bryony was the driving force behind the ‘Pop up Shop’ which was open for a week in April, explaining that the she worked on the project with a number of volunteers including Lynn- Maree Duthie, Rita Marques, Steven Whyte and Fiona Robertson.

She said: “The leader of Fraserburgh Red Cross, Andy Ireland, came up with the idea. I then became involved and the team of us started to work on making it a reality last October.

“First of all we had to pitch our idea to the fundraising and retail departments of the British Red Cross which we did in November and then we had to find suitable premises, this took us some time.

“Before we opened the shop we ran drop in sessions in the social area at the academy, this provided us with a lot of our stock.”

The pop up shop (pictured left) which opened within 24 hours of receiving the keys on Saturday April 9 saw a thriving trade throughout the week, raising £2115 for the Red Cross appeal week.

Inspired to join the British Red Cross after hearing a presentation by the organisation at a first aid club at Fraserburgh Academy, Bryony became a volunteer in July 2010 and has attended a number of large events including Rockness, Wizard and Maggies Biking Hike as a first aider, she also took over responsibility at the after school club for teaching first aid and mentoring other pupils.

Commenting on Bryony’s achievements her former teachers were full of praise for the teenager, Fraserburgh Academy Rector John Noble said: “Bryony was our Girls’ School Captain last year and fulfilled that role very well.

“She not only attended Red Cross training sessions after school as a pupil here, but ended up last year teaching others how to carry out first aid, and did a splendid job of passing on her skills to others.

“Her knowledge, enthusiasm, communication skills and commitment were first class.”

Tyrie primary school head teacher Sarah Simpson added: “Bryony was a former Head Girl of Tyrie School who exhibited exemplary behaviour during her time with us. She took an active interest in the school and the local community and was a delight to teach.”

The Red Cross’ annual Humanitarian Citizen Awards, celebrate the contribution that young individuals and groups make to the lives of others.

Robin Wells, Red Cross youth development co-ordinator for the UK, added: “The Humanitarian Citizen Awards is a celebration of young people and the amazing things that so many of them do.

“All over the country, children and young people are working away quietly, helping out and making a huge difference to the lives of others.

“The Red Cross believes their selfless acts should be recognised, encouraged and applauded.

“We are proud of them and, through the Humanitarian Citizen Awards, we want everyone to share that pride.”