Patrick is up for top Scot award

Patrick Kiehlmann

Patrick Kiehlmann

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An 11-year-old school pupil who cycled the length of Britain for charity has been shortlisted for a major national award.

Patrick Kiehlmann, from Bishopbriggs, is up for the ‘Unsung Hero’ category at the Young Scot Awards, which will be handed out at a glittering red carpet award ceremony on April 30 at the iconic Usher Hall, in Edinburgh.

Keen cyclist Patrick raised £5,000 for charity by pedaling all the way from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

The epic journey came after he had life threatening complications following appendicitis in 2012 and, while being treated in Glasgow’s Sick Children hospital, he realised there were children who were worse off than him.

Patrick wanted to do something to say thanks for the care he received, so in 2014 he used his October school holiday to raise money for the hospital by cycling the length of Britain. Amazingly, he completed the 1011 mile challenge in just 11 days.

Patrick also raised awareness of the charity within his school, St Matthew’s Primary, where has cycled the mile-long journey from home almost every day from Primary 1 to 7 – around 400 miles a year.

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said: “The drive and passion of Scotland’s young people continues to inspire me year after year.

“Over the last few months we’ve received nominations from people the length and breadth of Scotland, all sharing stories of incredible young Scots making contributions to their communities every single day.

“Huge congratulations to all our young finalists.

“This year’s awards is set to be the biggest and best celebration of young people that Scotland has ever seen.

“This will be the 10th annual Young Scot Awards – definitely a chance to mark 10 years of excellence from our nation’s young people.”

For tickets to the ceremony, and for a full list of nominees, visit youngscotawards.com