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Final Call for Nominations for Amelia’s Young Highlander Awards

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Nominations to recognise inspirational young people in the Highlands and Islands close July 15th.

There are just two weeks left to nominate a young person for Amelia’s Young Highlander Awards (AYHA), set up by mother Kelly Macrae in honour of her daughter Amelia to recognise inspirational young people in the Highlands.

AYHA is sponsored by Caley Timber and Building Supplies and will take place at the Drumossie Hotel on August 26th where families of those who have been successful in the awards will join Kelly, her family and a team of volunteers alongside a host of Highland businesses supporting the awards.

The compère for the night will be Liam Christie of North Highland Events and a disco will be provided by KBE Event Services.

The evening will raise money for NHS Play Specialists and Drummond School.

The categories for the Amelia’s Young Highlander Awards are as follows:

  • Child of Courage Award, a child who receives treatment every day and carries on as best they can, sponsored by Macleod & MacCallum
  • Amelia’s Keep on Swimming Award, a child who started their life fighting and continues to fight every day, sponsored by Caley Timber and Building Supplies
  • Special Sibling Award, a child who goes that extra mile to help care for their siblings, sponsored by The Midge Bite, Achnasheen
  • Child Fundraiser Award, a child who has fundraised for charities or causes they believe in, sponsored by Clarsach
  • Child Hero Award, a child who has acted in an emergency by calling emergency services or by giving vital support, sponsored by Dicksons of Inverness
  • Leo Flett Child of Bravery Award, a child with a long term illness who fights every day, sponsored by Louise and Mitchell Flett
  • Child Carer Award, a child who cares daily for a parent, sibling, friend or neighbour, sponsored by North Coast Cars
  • The Wellbeing Child Award, a child who has overcome bullying, mental health issues and battles daily, sponsored by Scott’s Wellbeing and Counselling Services
  • Special Recognition Award, a child who has sadly passed away and their family still fundraises in their memory, sponsored by Mrs Lorraine Christie
  • Child Community Award, a child who went above and beyond to support their community during lockdown, sponsored by GEG Capital

Speaking about the awards, Kelly Macrae said:

“With just two weeks to go, we want to make sure that all deserving young Highlanders are nominated.

“There are so many inspiring young people in the Highlands who are going through or have overcome often unimaginable challenges in their lives, we want to recognise them and celebrate their achievements.

“Once again, I would like to thank every business that has supported Amelia’s Young Highlander Awards, we simply could not do it without their support and, after a two year break, we are all set for a great night at the Drumossie Hotel on August 26th.”

Now in its third year, Amelia’s Young Highlander Awards were created in honour of Amelia by her mum, Kelly Macrae. 

Amelia was born at 32 weeks, weighing just 3lb and was placed on a ventilator.

At age two she was diagnosed with global development delay, at age three she was diagnosed with autism and being non-verbal.

During these and other challenges faced by Amelia, Kelly made a promise that for every year of Amelia’s fight, she would fundraise for a charity for her birthday.

Amelia is now seven years old and is still fighting, having recently been diagnosed with epilepsy.

Amelia’s Young Highlander Awards 2022 will mark Amelia’s eighth birthday. 

So far Kelly and her family have raised over £60,000 which has supported Drummond School and the Special Care Baby and Renal units at Raigmore Hospital, as well as enabling the NHS Play Specialists to purchase a magic carpet and toys for the Children’s Ward.

Deserving young people across the Highlands and Islands can be nominated for  Amelia’s Young Highlander Awards if they are under 16 years of age.

The nomination must be made by a person over 18 and that person must have the consent of the family.

Each award has been sponsored by a business who will present the award to the Young Highlander on the night and take a table at the event.

All awards have been generously donated by Inverness Trophy Centre and the event is already a sell-out.

Other sponsors of the YHA include Highland Hammer Hire, which is sponsoring the nurses’ table, Aurora Design Studio and Whale-like-fish.

Nominate a young Highlander for an award at https://www.graphic-design-scotland.co.uk/young-highlander-awards.

Any businesses interested in donating a prize should contact Kelly Macrae directly on ameliascbu@gmail.com.

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