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Children proving that youth is not a barrier to bravery

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MKM Elgin is sponsoring the brave child award at this year's Moray & Banffshire Heroes.
MKM Elgin is sponsoring the brave child award at this year's Moray & Banffshire Heroes.

Bravery is always admired as a selfless act of courage but when it is displayed by a child, it really is something quite special.

The brave child award in this year's Moray & Banffshire Heroes recognises a child who has overcome extreme adversity or shown exceptional courage or bravery in their life.

Sponsoring the award this year is building suppliers, MKM Elgin. Co-director of the business, Doug McNair, said: “Since opening in January 2019, we have enjoyed being supporters of local groups such as the Out of the Darkness Theatre Company, Inspiring Darts, Elgin Boys Football Club, Cash For Kids and in particular the first year of Moray & Banffshire Heroes 2019 awards.

"To have the opportunity to take part again this year by sponsoring the category of brave child of the year is a continuation of our commitment to support groups and individuals in our local community.”

Last year's winner, Logan MacKenzie, helped co-ordinate the rescue of two young boys caught in a strong current at Hopeman beach.

Last year's winner Logan MacKenzie. Picture: Becky Saunderson
Last year's winner Logan MacKenzie. Picture: Becky Saunderson

When they got into difficulty, Logan remained calm, told the boys to get to a rock, hold hands and grip on until he could get help. He borrowed a phone from a passer-by and called for coastguard assistance before returning to the boys and reassuring them from the harbour wall. Coastguards winched them both to safety.

Readers can nominate their Heroes by filling in the form in the newspaper and posting it to Moray & Banffshire Heroes, Highland News & Media, New Century House, Stadium Road, Inverness, IV1 1FG or email it to morayheroes@hnmedia.

co.uk, or nominate online at www.surveymonkey. co.uk/r/MorayHeroes2020

You’ll be able to nominate until early March. Our judging panel will draw up a shortlist from each category which will be published in a supplement at the end of March.

Readers can then vote for their choice in each category. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Mansefield Hotel in Elgin on Thursday, May 14.

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