A seven-year-old boy who tirelessly campaigned for a Yes vote during the independence referendum is in the running for a Local Hero award.
Craig Burns, from Niddrie, has joined his dad John on the campaign trail since the tender age of five, handing out leaflets to passers-by and attending numerous marches.
The schoolboy has won two achievement awards at Niddrie Mill Primary for his interest in local and national politics and has met both Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon.
Mum Carol Burns, 43, said his family were “very proud of him,” adding: “My son worked so hard during the independence campaign and I would like to see him recognised in some way.”
Craig has been nominated in the Child of Achievement category – sponsored by the Scottish Government’s Play Talk Read campaign – alongside other remarkable youngsters from the Lothians. Also in the running are tragic teenager Jak Trueman’s sister Aimee, 17, and his girlfriend Hannah Boyd, 15. Jak died earlier this year after battling a rare form of blood cancer, and his sister and girlfriend have nominated for their “strength and maturity”.
Candidates for the Bravery Award category have also been announced, with nine-year-old Chantelle Cummings – who suffers from a condition that pushes the lower part of her brain towards her spinal chord – one of three locals nominated. The youngster has had more than 20 operations and she recently spent eight days at the Sick Kids’ Hospital.
Brian Gilda, chairman and managing director of Peoples Ford, who are generously backing the Bravery Award, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this award. Bravery comes in all sorts of different fashions, and we will be honoured to see whoever gets the award in the end. We’re sure they will be very deserving.” Fiona McLeod, acting minister for children and young people, said: “I’d like to congratulate all the nominees for the Local Hero Awards and especially the children and young people who have been nominated for the Child of Achievement Award. Their stories are truly inspirational and they are a credit to their communities.”
How To Nominate
The Local Hero Awards are open to anyone who lives in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Winners will be announced on Friday, June 5 at the Assembly Rooms.
The easiest way to nominate someone is to visit www.localheroaward.co.uk.
This website will allow you to choose which category you wish to enter and tell us all about your nominee.
If you would prefer to enter by post, please send your entry to Edinburgh Evening News, The Local Hero Awards, Orchard Brae House, 30 Queensferry Road, Edinburgh EH4 2HS.
Entries must include your name, address and telephone number. Please make it clear which category you wish to enter your nominee for and explain why you think they deserve to win the award.
The closing date for nominations is Tuesday, May 5.