AN adult learner from Cupar has overcome the odds to scoop a prestigious award for his charity work.
Ken Aitken (48) was presented with the Volunteering Work Award at a ceremony in Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, held by Adam Smith College.
He was recognised for his active involvement in charities including Mary’s Meals, Fairtrade, Dogs Trust, Whinnybank Cat Sanctuary, Devon Donkey Sanctuary and Redwings Horse Sanctuary. He’s also gained first aid certificates and achieved modified bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh awards.
Ken, who has had health problems since birth, attends the college’s Stepping Stones programme at its Leven campus in order to improve his reading skills – and has proved to be an inspiratiom to the staff and his fellow students.
His tutor said of him: “I believe if there were more of us with the same spirit as Kenneth Aitken, the world would be a better place to be.”
“Kenneth deserves so much to be recognised for overcoming his difficulties,” said volunteer Myra Forrester.
“Nothing has held him back in life. he is a valuable member of our community and an inspiration to all who meet him!”
The Fife Adult Learners’ Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of adult learners in Fife, many of whom have overcome many challenges and barriers to pursue their education against all odds. Joining Ken at the awards ceremony was fellow student Lauren Shields (29) of Leven, who won the Learner of the Year Award 2013 and the Personal Achievement Award.
Stepping Stones programmes are run in Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes and St Andrews and are open to adults who want to improve their literacy, numeracy and IT skills. Contact Karen Wilson on (01592) 223307.