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Deadline looms for Sutherland young citizen award

By John Davidson

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Dunrobin Castle is the home of the Clan Sutherland Society. Picture: Alan Hendry
Dunrobin Castle is the home of the Clan Sutherland Society. Picture: Alan Hendry

The deadline is fast approaching to submit nominations for the Sutherland Young Citizen of the Year award.

The Northern Times has teamed up with the Clan Sutherland Society to promote the award, which aims to shine the spotlight on deserving young people.

The award aims to celebrate one person aged 12 to 14 from the county who has made a real difference to their family, friends, community or school.

The winner of the annual Clan Sutherland Young Citizen Award will receive a certificate and a prize of £300 at a ceremony at Dunrobin Castle in Golspie.

One half of the prize – an Amazon voucher for £150 – is for the recipient and the other half for a local Sutherland charity of the recipient’s choice.

Nominations can be made from schools, family members or friends and neighbours, with the permission of the child's parent or guardian.

They must be received by June 30 – the end of the school term.

The award celebrates the achievements and commitment of inspiring young people in Sutherland aged between 12 and 14 inclusive.

It aims to showcase and celebrate the positive citizenship and important responsibilities assumed by many young people in the area.

We are looking for young people who enjoy giving a helping hand – whether it be at home, at school or in the community.

The awards are managed by a subcommittee of the Council of the Clan Sutherland Society in Scotland (CSSS), whose headquarters are at Dunrobin Castle.

Mark Sutherland-Fisher, president of CSSS, said: "All too often we hear only criticism of young people and forget the wonderful contribution to society so many of them make and at a remarkably young age.

"The Clan Sutherland Society in Scotland aims to highlight such outstanding young people from across the county with this award."

John Davidson, content editor for the Northern Times, said: "The award is a fantastic opportunity to recognise a young unsung hero from Sutherland who is quietly helping out their family, community or school."

To nominate a young person who has made a difference to the well-being, happiness and confidence of others or to the enhancement of the environment of their community, visit www.clansutherland.org.uk and download a nomination form.

The completed form should be returned to info@clansutherland.org.uk

The nomination deadline for the Clan Sutherland Young Citizen Award is 5pm on June 30, 2022.

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