Local MSP Jackie Baillie has welcomed the launch of a new annual award for Scotland’s young heroes.

The Annie Dow Heroism Award was established to recognise young people with additional support needs who perform heroic acts.

The award takes its inspiration from Annie Dow, a young girl who saved her family’s life after a fire ripped through their home while everyone was sleeping. Annie, who has a rare chromosone disorder, showed true courage when she raised the alarm and calmly led her family to safety with minutes to spare.

An anonymous donor who was impressed by Annie’s heroism donated £20,000 to set up the award scheme.

The winner will receive a cash prize of £2500 and a specially commissioned trophy made by Annie from the remnants of her family home. Nominations are open until 31 December and more information is available at http://www.tadha.co.uk/.

Jackie said:

“Annie’s story is an inspiration to us all but I know that there will be many more examples of young people with additional support needs who perform extraordinary acts of bravery.

“The Annie Dow awards are a fantastic opportunity to give these heroic individuals the recognition they deserve and I hope that people accross Dumbarton, Vale of Leven, Helensburgh and Lomond will submit nominations.”<

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