9th April 2015

Scotch Beef presence at Young Scot Awards

Top quality beef from Scotland will have a high profile at the Young Scot Awards this year, when Scotch Beef PGI will feature in the line-up of sponsors.

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is proud to be sponsoring the volunteering award at the high profile event being held at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh on 30th April.

Described as the biggest celebration of young people in Scotland, the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of inspirational young people across Scotland.


The incredible young Scots volunteering award category finalists are:

Ryan Ledgerwood, 16, Glasgow has been in care since he was a toddler. Ryan has lived in 13 care homes. He uses his tough life experiences to help other vulnerable young people. After leaving school early, Ryan started volunteering with Penilee Community Centre. Over the past few years, he has carried out more than 1080 hours of volunteering.

Lauren Strain, 18, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire has become a guardian angel to innocent women prisoners of Malawi after she secured the release of three of them while on a charity visit there. She has raised more than £12,000 in the past three years and regularly visits the country to distribute funds and supplies.

Scott Sutherland, 22, Glasgow was involved in a hit-and run incident and left for dead in 2011. During six months in hospital and years of recovery from damage to his brain, Scott hid from the world. He did a 12-week personal development course. He now volunteers at brain injury charity Headway, where he devotes all his spare time to helping other vulnerable young people.

The volunteering category is aimed at recognising the selfless contribution of individuals and groups who have given up their time and energy to help people in the community. A little effort can make a huge difference and the awards help celebrate those who have shown qualities such as courage, determination and selflessness.

Since its launch in 2006, the Young Scot Awards have been shining a light on the positive contributions young Scots make every day, highlighting the good work they are undertaking and rewarding their efforts and successes.

Jenni Henderson, Quality Meat Scotland’s Health & Education Executive, said “We are delighted to be sponsoring the volunteering category in this year’s Young Scot Awards. Each year we are amazed by the positive achievements of Scotland’s young people and to be able to celebrate with them is incredible”.

Scottish young people are a key audience for QMS, who undertake a wide range of health and education activities communicating the importance of a healthy balanced diet and the role red meat plays in achieving that.

The Good Family Food Facebook page is a source of support and guidance for parents, providing top tips, advice and recipes to encourage healthy food choices in families. Recently QMS has also developed an engaging  new Facebook page ‘Good Student Food’ aimed at helping students and young people to cook good nutritious meals which are delicious, easy to make and budget friendly.

Scotch Beef will feature prominently at the Awards event, with Scotch Beef Steak Pie being served to over 500 dinner attendees.

For more information about the Young Scot Awards, visit www.youngscotawards.com


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