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Outstanding Thurso volunteer wins Saltire Summit certificate – 'Rory even uncovered an ancient gravestone which had gone undiscovered for years'


By David G Scott

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Rory Simmons with his Saltire Summit Award.
Rory Simmons with his Saltire Summit Award.

A selfless volunteer with 1st Thurso Boys' Brigade has received a Saltire Summit certificate for his dedicated endeavours.

Rory Simmons has been a volunteer with the brigade for 13 years and is now a senior boy supporting younger members. Catherine Patterson from Caithness Voluntary Group said: "He is a wonderful young man who has benefited greatly and gained confidence by volunteering with the BBs.

From left, Catherine Patterson from CVG, Rory Simmons and Johanna Geddes, captain of the 1st Thurso Boys' Brigade.
From left, Catherine Patterson from CVG, Rory Simmons and Johanna Geddes, captain of the 1st Thurso Boys' Brigade.

"In addition, he regularly volunteers with Old St Peters Church in Thurso, helping with practical things like clearing weeds and overgrowth. Rory even uncovered an ancient gravestone which had gone undiscovered for years due to the density of overgrown shrubs and brambles."

The Saltire Summit Awards are endorsed by the Scottish Government to encourage young people aged 12-25 to volunteer in their local community. The awards are described as the "pinnacle of achievement" and recently only eight young people from across the Highlands were recipients at an online ceremony attended by Jamie Stone MP. Rory was the only Caithness recipient of a Saltire Summit Award this year. "Well done Rory," added Catherine.

Saltire Awards website is at: www.saltireawards.scot

Contact Catherine Patterson for more info and nomination forms. at volunteering@cvg.org.uk or Caithness Voluntary Group in Wick.


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