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Sutherland volunteer recognised for 'amazing achievement'


By Niall Harkiss

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Adam Barnes, 18, was presented with his Saltire Award by Shona Marshall of the West Sutherland Fisheries Trust.
Adam Barnes, 18, was presented with his Saltire Award by Shona Marshall of the West Sutherland Fisheries Trust.

A young volunteer from Scourie has been recognised for his 'talent and commitment' after completing more than 500 hours of volunteer service.

Adam Barnes, 18, who attends Ullapool High School, was presented with a Saltire Award in recognition of his volunteer efforts with several local community groups. Among the local causes to benefit from his 'amazing achievement' were the New Broom in Ullapool, the Ullapool District Pipe Band and the West Sutherland Fisheries Trust (WSFT).

Shona Marshall, on behalf the WSFT, said: "We were delighted to present Adam with his Saltire Award.

"Adam is a regular and much appreciated contributor to the Trust, cheerfully assisting with any tasks set. Thanks to this, the Trust has managed to undertake a lot of work that would otherwise have been difficult or impossible. He has proved to be a competent fish biologist as well as turning his skills to computer work. This skill with computers has given the Trust a labour-saving programme to help with data analysis, which is truly amazing to the computer illiterate amongst us!

"Everyone at the Trust would like to congratulate Adam on his achievement and thank him for all his help."

A Scottish Government initiative, the Saltire Awards are designed to celebrate and recognise the commitment, contribution and achievements of young volunteers in Scotland, aged between 12 and 25, for the work they do to help communities and good causes.

Young people are nominated for the award by organisations they have helped through volunteering.

Nick Joy, trustee of the WSFT, said: “It is wonderful to see such talent and commitment in someone so young. Our fragile water systems are under such pressure and to have someone like Adam leading a new generation of fish biologists in this area is crucial to the long-term future of our water ecosystems.”


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