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Royal honour for UHI Inverness student's volunteer work

By Philip Murray

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Dylon Ford with his award. Picture: UHI Inverness.
Dylon Ford with his award. Picture: UHI Inverness.

A delighted student has been given the royal seal of approval after receiving the King's Award for Voluntary Service.

UHI Inverness supported education student Dylon Ford was honoured with the award during a visit by Princess Anne to ReBOOT in Forres – a social enterprise that recycles and resuses IT equipment.

Dylon (19), who hails from Auldearn, volunteers his time and skills to help dismantle disused computers at ReBOOT every Thursday.

He was on hand when Princess Anne visited ReBOOT with its King’s Award for Voluntary Service, and then spent time talking to the Princess Royal about his work. He was also then presented with his own individual award by the Lord Lieutenant of Moray, the Major General The Hon Seymour Monro.

Dylon said: “I’ve always been interested in computers and how they work, and I’ve been volunteering at ReBOOT for two years. It was really nice to meet Princess Anne and she asked me what I do there every Thursday.

"I was really pleased to receive the award and it is really good that we’ve been recognised for what we do for the community.”

Away from his volunteering role, Dylon has been studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands Inverness for three years as part of the Skills Connect Create Me course.

UHI Inverness added that he had also been accepted to study Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair with it next year and intends to progress through the qualifications with ambitions to become a fully-qualified mechanic.

For more information about UHI Inverness, visit www.inverness.uhi.ac.uk/courses/

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