School receives an award named after a caring Peebles teen
Campbell Hunter, a student at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, died in an accident almost three years ago at the age of 18.
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The former Peebles High School student is fondly remembered for his caring nature and enthusiasm for helping others.
The fire brigade presented the inaugural Campbell Hunter Award to St Mungo’s High School in Falkirk.
Campbell’s mother, Gayle Gallagher, presented the award at the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) headquarters in Cambuslang, near Glasgow.
She said: “Campbell would be extremely happy with this idea. It is my absolute privilege to present this award to St Mungo’s High School. Campbell always gave people his time, laughed with them and had kind words.
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“He impressed a lot of people. Thank you for helping me keep his memory alive.”
Campbell was part of a team of ‘School Champions’ while at Peebles High – young people chosen for their commitment and drive to help recruit potential stem cell donors to the Anthony Nolan Register.
The award recognizes others who support the partnership between the SFRS and the charity and demonstrate the same exemplary qualities.
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Teacher Gill Geddes – who helps support the partnership at Peebles High School – said: “Campbell will always be fondly remembered for his role as a school champion.
“His enthusiasm, energy, drive and commitment to this cause were evident from the start and he willingly threw himself into everything – from blowing up balloons to recruiting potential donors! He was a fantastic ambassador, leader and role model for Peebles High School.”
Campbell was also a much-loved big brother to Ker, aged four, Jamie, aged six, and eight-year-old Fearghas.
Campbell’s mother Gayle added: “My youngest was only a year and a half when it happened and he won’t really have any memories of Campbell, but we talk about him every day and there are lots of pictures and videos.
“Fearghas and Jamie remember him and miss him, and the hardest part is when they ask, ‘Where’s Campbell?’
“If it wasn’t for the little boys, I don’t know what I would have done. They are so full of energy and they remind me so much of Campbell at those ages and stages.
“Campbell was such a good big brother to these three little whirlwind boys who completely ruined his peace and quiet. He excited them and made them run around the garden giggling.
“Presenting this award in Campbell’s name means a lot to me. I’m also happy to see how the partnership between SFRS and Anthony Nolan has grown.
“My involvement meant a lot to Campbell and it is inspiring to see the young people who donated their stem cells being recognized for their part in saving someone else’s life.”
St Mungo’s teacher Heather Anderson said the school was honored to receive the award.
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