Lanarkshire teen honoured to receive prestigious Queen’s Badge after years of service in Boys’ Brigade

A Lanarkshire teenager has been awarded the highest honour there is in the Boys’ Brigade.

It was a proud day for Lewis Macfadyen when he received his Queen’s Badge after three years of dedication, working towards it with the 12th Hamilton Boys’ Brigade.

The 18-year-old from Motherwell completed all the required elements of the programme which included volunteering; taking responsibility within the church and company; developing his personal interests; and a physical element where Lewis improved his fitness.

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He was also required to undertake a residential trip with other boys from other Boys’ Brigade companies at Carronvale House in Larbert, where he completed his skills-based training.

And in a particular difficult time throughout the pandemic, Lewis still excelled in the achievement, showing fantastic determination to ensure he was awarded with the group’s highest honour.

Lewis had previously achieved his President’s Badge and straight after, was keen to go even further.

That involved him volunteering his time at the British Heart Foundation charity shop in Motherwell, as well as helping out his neighbours by regularly doing their gardening.

He also helped out with the younger groups within the Boys’ Brigade in Hamilton.

For developing his interests to achieve his Queen’s Badge, Lewis improved his guitar playing skills throughout the programme.

Lewis told us: “Although it has been a challenge with Covid to do my Queen’s Badge over the last three years, I have enjoyed the time spent with boys from other companies and I’ve made some good friends.

“It’s been good to challenge myself with all the different elements involved in the Queen’s Badge.

“I am very to grateful to the officers and captain of 12th Hamilton Boys’ Brigade for their support and guidance, and to my mum for always pushing me to be the best I can be.”

Proud mum Jacqueline Macfadyen added: “I’m incredibly proud of Lewis. He’s did this through Covid which has been particularly hard and to be able to complete it during this time is great with all the work he’s put into it.

“There were times when the gyms were shut which affected him completing the physical challenge so he had to take up cycling and things like that. He just found solutions to how to get round things to get his badge. It’s a great achievement.

“The support he’s had from the officers at the Boys’ Brigade has been fantastic, he wouldn’t have been able to get his badge without their support.”

Lewis has attended Hamilton Baptist Church since he was three and joined the Boys’ Brigade when he was five.

He still helps out on Friday nights at the group, after leaving Dalziel High School last June and is now enjoying his studies at Stirling University.

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