Glenrothes teenager bags top fundraising award

Aidan McCallum receives his award from Institute of Fundraisers' chairman Gary Kernahan, with his mum and dad Wilma and Brian along with Scottish Huntington's Association Community Fundraising Officer, Linda Byars (far left)

Aidan McCallum receives his award from Institute of Fundraisers' chairman Gary Kernahan, with his mum and dad Wilma and Brian along with Scottish Huntington's Association Community Fundraising Officer, Linda Byars (far left)

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A Glenrothes teenager has been named Scottish Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year.

Aidan McCallum (13), who has raised more than £9000 for the Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA), picked up the award at the at the Institute of Fundraising Scotland awards.

The Auchmuty High School pupil’s dad has Huntington’s Disease and Aidan said he was motivated to fundraise by the excellent support that the charity has provided his family.

He has raised the money through a series of events from sponsored walks to race nights.

However, the budding artist also impressed the awards judges by auctioning off his own work to raise money for charity. One piece was sold for £2500 and on that occasion it went to respite centre Leuchie House.

“I’m amazed to win this award,” said Aidan.

“I feel like all my hard work has been recognised.

“My dad is affected by Huntington’s disease and the Scottish Huntington’s Association is such an amazing charity that doesn’t get a lot of notice but is so deserving.

“The sense of accomplishment I get from fundraising is fantastic.

“To see that my money is making a difference means so much.”

John Eden, chief executive of SHA, said: “This is a fantastic achievement by Aidan.

“We rely so much on the commitment of our fundraisers to deliver the lifeline services that people like his dad need so badly.

“Without people like Aidan our job would be much harder.

“The fact that he has achieved so much at such a young age is outstanding and we look forward to working with him for many years to come.”