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Budding young philanthropists from Sir E Scott school in Harris have won a £3,000 award for the Action for Children Stornoway branch.

The four pupils teamed up with the Volunteer Centre Western Isles for their winning project as part of the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI), winning the money from CalMac’s fund as a result of their presentation.

Eilidh Macdonald, Isla Scott, Ellie-Ceit Johnson and Emma Macsween identified mental health, poverty, abuse and disabilities as the social issues most affecting young people.

Suzanne MacAulay, Volunteer Centre Western Isles manager, said: "We are delighted to continue to facilitate the YPI programme in schools. A huge well done to all staff and pupils in Sir E Scott on their impressive presentations this year."

Gordon McKillop, CalMac's corporate social responsibility manager, said: "Young people are increasingly more aware of social issues and the effect on the lives of people in their communities.

“YPI is a wonderful example of partnership working and we are proud that our people support the young people involved to progress through the programme and make a difference in their local area."

Alex Reid, YPI’s national coordinator, added: "Congratulations to Sir E Scott's winning team for securing funds for Action for Children. We thank CalMac for their continued support in empowering young people to lead change.

"YPI is all about empowering and engaging young people to understand their role within their community and the ways in which they can make a difference while developing their own personal life skills."

In February a team of S5 students from The Nicolson Institute secured a grant of £3,000 for Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland through the same initiative.

The picture shows the winning team at Sir E Scott school (CalMac).