A MOTHERWELL teenager has been hailed a hero by a national charity after raising £15,000 in memory of his best friend.
Chris Lawlor was devastated when his pal and fellow Taylor High School pupil Joe Wilson died of a heart condition just before last Christmas.
But he decided to do something positive by organising a fundraiser in aid of the British Heart Foundation Scotland - and his efforts were recognised when he was presented with a Heart Hero award by the charity last week before their annual meeting in Glasgow.
Chris organised an “In Memory of Joe” event which involved scaling Ben Nevis with 170 friends, family and supporters, including many Taylor pupils.
It was a walk that Chris and Joe had done together and had planned to do again.
Chris said: I’m really proud and delighted to be named a BHF Scotland Heart Hero. I get a real buzz out of fundraising and a lot of satisfaction from knowing I’m raising vital money that could help the charity fund its research and help save lives in the future.”
Barbara Osborne, head of volunteer Fundraising at BHF Scotland, said: “Chris deserves this accolade for his energy and commitment to organising an event in Joe’s memory.
“He and his supporters have raised vital funds to help us continue our life-saving work in Scotland.”