Invergordon and Kessock RNLI have joined forces to help present a young fundraiser with a Pride of Scotland award
Keiran Reid, 12, from Avoch, received a Child of Courage award at the TSB-backed Daily Record Pride of Scotland Awards after raising over £10,000 for the RNLI.
Volunteer crew members from Invergordon RNLI and Kessock Lifeboat Station helped surprise Keiran with his prize during a joint exercise in May.
The young fundraiser was on a Dolphin Spirit cruise with his family when the two lifeboats stopped along the rib to thank him for his epic fundraising efforts in support of the local lifeboat station.
Keiran has raised over £10,000 for the RNLI in memory of his father, Craig. He was just six years old when his father was swept overboard from the fishing trawler Apollo, near Orkney in 2016. Coastguard, Army and RNLI helicopters searched relentlessly for many hours , but his body was found three months later.
Kessock RNLI volunteer crew member Yvette Kershaw said: “We are in awe of Keiran and the work he has done to help support his local RNLI lifeboat station. He is an inspiring young man and we are very grateful to him.
“He started raising money by going to a charity car wash, then he organized his own fundraising event, a bike ride and fancy dress.”
Steve McCrae, Director of Rescue Operations at Kessock RNLI, said: ‘The whole crew are very proud of Keiran and his fantastic fundraising.
Notes to Editors
· Invergordon Lifeboat Station has been in operation since 1974. To learn more about the lifeboat station, visit: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/invergordon-lifeboat-station
· Kessock Lifeboat Station has been in operation since 1994. Learn more about the lifeboat station at: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/kessock-lifeboat-station/station -history-kessock
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