Lisa McKechnie from Bellshill will be in London tomorrow (Thursday) to meet Prime Minister David Cameron after winning a prestigious award.
She was named Young Community Entrepreneur of the Year in the RBS – Scotland’s Real Heroes Awards at a ceremony in Glasgow.
Last year Lisa started running Fever Pitch, a music, dance, drama, and performance school for children in Bellshill, and has experienced so much growth she has expanded into Coatbridge.
With drama classes taking on topics including bullying and racism through improvisation, Lisa is teaching kids important lessons about social inclusion whilst also building their confidence.
Earlier this year, Scots were urged to nominate friends, neighbours or groups who they thought deserved to be recognised.
After an overwhelming response from the public, the RBS - Finding Scotland’s Real Heroes series on STV showcased three nominees in 10 categories, with viewers voting for who they believed most deserved to receive an award.
Lisa said: “I genuinely cannot put into words how grateful I am and how humbled I felt to share the stage with the amazing heroes who saved people and care for their families and friends every single day.
“However, the gratitude I feel towards each and every person that has supported and nominated me is tremendous.
“People are quick to say that there is so much badness in the world, but my friends and family are proof that there’s even more goodness.
“I have also have been invited to 10 Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister and have a St Andrew’s Day celebration, all expenses paid. I don’t think I’m even on this planet right now!”
Lisa’s mum Kate added: “We are all very proud of Lisa’s latest achievement and want to thank everyone who supported her.”