A BOYS’ Brigade leader has been honoured by his employer for his commitment to volunteer work.
Alan Meikle, captain of the 41st Edinburgh Boys’ Brigade Company, was awarded the outstanding individual volunteering award at Prudential UK’s employee volunteering awards.
The ceremony, held in London, celebrated community work by employees of Prudential – where Alan is a service development consultant based in Stirling.
As one of three winners on the night, the 36-year-old took home a trophy and pocketed £1000 for his Duddingston-based Boys’ Brigade company.
He said: “It was a great honour to receive this award. I get a great sense of enjoyment and happiness from being a volunteer as I feel I am giving something back to the local community.”
Born in Seafield in 1977, only child Alan attended Duddingston Primary and Portobello High School. He grew up in Northfield and had his first taste of all that the Boys’ Brigade has to offer when he joined the Anchor Boys at the age of six.
Many of his friends were also members of the BB, and Alan was not the only one of them who stayed on long enough to claim the Queen’s Badge – the highest honour in the company, which was presented to Alan in 1993.
He said the BB had helped him gain “skills, friends and confidence”.
The lifelong Hearts and Scotland fan – who often travels overseas with fellow Tartan Army footsoldiers – graduated from Edinburgh University in 1999 with a degree in economics and was appointed as captain of the 41st a year later.
BB training and development officer Alan Hunter hailed his friend as a valuable member of the organisation.
He said: “We’re delighted that Alan’s hard work and commitment has been recognised. The award is very well deserved.
“We rely heavily on our volunteers to run the local BB groups and in his role as officer and then captain, Alan has made a huge difference to the lives of hundreds of young people in Edinburgh over the last 18 years.”
Bosses at Prudential also expressed their pride for their big-hearted employee.
Gavin Rennie, head of corporate responsibility and Prudential UK and Europe, said: “The commitment and charitable nature of our colleagues never fails to impress me.
“Alan Meikle is a shining example of someone who wants to give something back to the community. The passion and commitment he shows is inspiring and he does it in such a selfless manner.”
Alan says he still has plenty to offer.
He said: “It’s the best thing I’ve ever done, but I’m only 36, so there is still more time yet to keep giving something back and give the boys the opportunities I had.”