Young Glenrothes man receives BEM

Stuart Russell with Lord Lieutenant of Fife Margaret Dean
Stuart Russell with Lord Lieutenant of Fife Margaret Dean

A young Glenrothes volunteer, artist and poet recently received his British Empire Medal for services to the arts in Fife.

Stuart Russell (22), who started volunteering in an Oxfam shop when he was 16, was named in Her Majesty the Queen’s New Year Honours List.

Stuart has set up two social enterprises using funding from youth charity, vInspired’s Cashpoint programme.

He also currently writes about culture for Urban Times magazine and was the former Arts Ambassador of Fife.

Stuart was awarded the British Empire Medal by Margaret Dean, Lord Lieutenant of Fife (pictured) at a local ceremony.

He told the Gazette: “I’m really honoured to receive this award. It really is great to be rewarded for six hard years of voluntary work and I am thankful to everyone who has supported my work so far.

“Volunteering has given me so many opportunities, including the chance to work with a great number of interesting people and organisations.

“I would encourage others to get involved in their community and just have fun with volunteering – you’ll be surprised what you’ll learn.”