Celebrating 40 years of ASH

Stewart Maxwell MSP with the young people from the Big ShoutER
Stewart Maxwell MSP with the young people from the Big ShoutER

A GROUP of teens has been given an award for its work in addressing the problems caused by smoking.

The Big ShoutER is a group in East Renfrewshire run by young folk.

The group won a Dynamic Youth Award and were presented with it in the Scottish parliament by Stewart Maxwell MSP.

The event was to mark the 40th anniversary of health campaign group ASH Scotland.

Stewart said: “ASH Scotland has worked tirelessly to reduce the harm caused to the Scottish public by tobacco, so I was delighted to host a parliamentary reception marking its 40th anniversary.

The Big ShoutER is made up of Emma Alford (18) from Barrhead, Tammy Reynolds (15) from Neilston, Jade Bourne (18) from Kilwinning and Louise Hughes (15) from Newton Mearns.

Stewart continued: “Youth-led initiatives like Big ShoutER are an excellent way to educate our young people on the dangers of tobacco and I congratulate Emma, Tammy, Louise and Jade for the excellent work they’ve been doing locally.”