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A young Uist man has been presented with the Saltire Award for his exemplary volunteering efforts.

Ronan MacPhee was presented the award by Alasdair Allen MSP on behalf of Volunteer Centre Western Isles Uist.

The award is normally presented to volunteers who have spent 500 hours volunteering, but Ronan had racked up over 800 hours of voluntary work. He aims to bring his total up to 1000 hours by the end of July.

Ronan, a former Sgoil Lionacleit student, only started volunteering last year and has lent a helping hand to many community organisations, such as Youth Climate Action Group Western Isles, Uist Local Energy Plan, the Uist Community Gardens, Befriending, Uist and Barra Foodbank, the Youth Cafe, and the holiday club.

He was also part of last year’s COP26 Climate Co-design Group.

Writing on Facebook, Ronan commented: “I highly recommend volunteering because you gain so much from it, plus there are all the awesome friends you make. One of the biggest things is my confidence has grown hugely. Bonus points you will definitely stand out on your CV.”