Day 113 – Lilly, 16, Kirkcudbright

Lilly is a 5th year student at Kirkcudbright Academy in Dumfries & Galloway. She works part-time at a local hotel in Gatehouse of Fleet, and is also currently volunteering in a local primary school delivering a range of activities as part of a Community Volunteers programme.

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Which young Scot inspires you?
My first reaction to this question was to say my mum, who is a huge inspiration to me, but if I’m to go with which young Scot who inspires me, then I’d have to say my friend Lauren because, as a young volunteer, she puts in a lot of time and is enthusiastic when working with children in the local primary school.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland, and particularly in my area, is the countryside. I live in a very rural area and what’s amazing about it is the freedom it offers. It has beautiful scenery and wonderful nature and wildlife. We are also lucky where we live because people are lovely and there’s a real sense of community.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I’d like them to know how very easily influenced young people are – we need time to learn and to grow, but we are more alike than some people think.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement was raising £150 for Multiple Sclerosis by doing a sponsored run – I’m extremely proud of this. My mum has MS and so this was a very personal and rewarding experience.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
My ambition is to become a mental health nurse, working with young people. This is something that means a lot to me.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
It’s maybe a common saying but I truly believe in it – my moto is that you should treat others the way you want to be treated. 

If Lilly’s story has inspired you, why not share it on social media using the hashtag #MyStory365 or visit the ‘Get Involved’ section to share your own story!

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