Little Leah from Linlithgow wins bravery award

A BRAVE young girl from Linlithgow has picked up another award for quick thinking under pressure.

Leah Grant (9) was presented with a St Andrew’s Award medal from deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon last week at Bute House in Edinburgh.

She was praised for her actions when at the age of seven, she called the emergency services to the family’s Avontoun Park home in November 2009, after her mum Grace suffered a seizure. She calmly checked her mum was still breathing and dialled 999 for help, staying on the line and giving information to help the ambulance crew treat her immediately. Leah was one of three St Andrew’s Award winners chosen from 30 people who received a Brave@Heart award last October from First Minister Alex Salmond, who called her a “hero.”

Sadly Leah’s mum Grace also passed away in October this year after suffering from a brain tumour.

Nicola Sturgeon praised the actions of all the award winners, adding: “It is a privilege and incredibly humbling to meet exceptionally courageous young people whose concern for others and actions in the face of danger are an inspiration to us all.”

The Brave@Heart Award and St Andrew’s Award were introduced in 2010 to replace the First Minister’s Commendation for Meritorious Conduct, and the annual Scotland’s Heroes First Minister’s reception as the official Scottish Government recognition for bravery.