Local Hero Celebrates 10th Birthday With the RNLI and Coastguard

Lifeboats News Release

A boy from Avoch had a birthday to remember on Monday (9 December) when, together with volunteers from RNLI Kessock, he visited the Coastguard at Dalcross.

Keiran Reid with the Coastguard and RNLI crews

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Keiran Reid with the Coastguard and RNLI crews

Keiran Reid received gifts and a tour as a thank you for raising over £2,500 for the lifesaving services. Keiran was awarded the Young Highlander Child Fundraiser Award earlier this year for his incredible efforts in memory of his father Craig Reid (25). Craig was, tragically, swept overboard from a fishing trawler in 2016.

Within weeks of the tragedy Keiran had organised and taken part in events to raise funds to support the charities who were involved in the extensive search for his father.

Keiran said, “This is a brilliant birthday surprise from my mum! I was really shocked when I got there. I really enjoy raising money for the RNLI, it means alot to me and I look forward to helping them every year. I wasn't expecting this or to win the Child Fundraiser Award but I am so happy I did, my dad would be proud of me!”

Kessock’s Lifeboat Operations Manager Stan McCrae added, “The whole crew are very proud of Keiran and his fantastic fundraising. As a charity we are busier than ever whilst, at the same time, donations are falling so the RNLI need support like this to save more lives. We were delighted to see Keiran recognised for his efforts and we look forward to seeing him again at our next charity car wash in February.”

The public are invited to visit rnli.org/perfectstorm and to follow RNLI Kessock on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up to date with future fundraising activities.

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Notes to Editors

The attached photos show:

Assembled various volunteer crew members from Kessock Lifeboat Station and HM Coastguard Highland at Dalcross.

Keiran Reid with his Young Highlander Child Fundraiser Award certificate and trophy presented on 30th August 2019 at Drumossie Hotel at the second annual Amelia’s Young Highlander Awards.

RNLI media contacts

Yvette Kershaw, Kessock Lifeboat Press Officer, 07809 116153 yvettekershaw@gmail.com

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 07920 365929, martin_macnamara@rnli.org.uk

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 07826 900639, gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

Keiran Reid with his Young Highlander Award

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Keiran Reid with his Young Highlander Award

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