Young Ambassador role for Newton Mearns teenager

Judy Murray OBE with Cormac O'Hara from Newton Mearns who has been named as Cosgrove Care's Young Ambassador
Judy Murray OBE with Cormac O'Hara from Newton Mearns who has been named as Cosgrove Care's Young Ambassador

A Newton Mearns teenager has been named as Cosgrove Care’s first Young Ambassador.

Cormac O’Hara, 17, who has overcome the challenges of autism and epilepsy, was given the title at the charity’s 4th annual sporting dinner last month.

Both Cormac and his mother Yvonne spoke eloquently about the challenges and successes in his life and how sport and Cosgrove has helped him achieve.

The Williamwood High depute head boy and his family have been working with Cosgrove Care for the past three and a half years. In that time he has won a host of gold medals at disability events across Scotland and most recently became a British Champion at 800m and 1500m.

The charity raised over £23,000 on the evening to support its delivery of local services.

Judy Murray, OBE, tennis coach and mother of professional tennis players Jamie and Andy Murray and Jamie Andrew, quadriplegic mountaineer were guest speakers at the event which was hosted by the BBC’s John Beattie.

The event was attended by the BBC’s Viv Lumsden, Cosgrove’s Patrons David and Carole Walton and 200 guests.

Heather Gray, Cosgrove’s chief executive said: “The event was a great success.

“The theme of overcoming adversity through sport was inspiring and we are proud to have achieved such a good result which will help us deliver more services to children, adults and families locally.”