A KIND-HEARTED teenager from Cowdenbeath has been honoured at an awards ceremony for her volunteer work with the charity Guide Dogs.

Nicole Donnachie, 17, won in the ‘Young Volunteer’ category at the Fife Voluntary Action Awards on Tuesday.

Nicole first began volunteering for the charity while taking part in a YPI initiative with St Columba's High School.

Although her group didn’t win, Nicole went on to raise £2,500 so she could support the charity by naming a guide dog puppy ‘Columba’ after her school.

The inspirational youngster continues to support the charity through fundraising, along with her parents Karen and Peter.

Her dedication to helping others previously earned her a coveted gold Blue Peter badge in 2021.

Following her win at the FVA awards, Nicole said: “I was very surprised when I received an email informing me that I had been shortlisted for the award.

"The other nominees’ stories were truly fantastic and inspirational, so I was honoured to be named among them.

"When my name was called as the winner I was utterly speechless.

"It made me realise how much of an impact my story has made on others.

“My favourite thing about volunteering for Guide dogs is meeting so many fantastic, like-minded volunteers.

"They encourage me to continue helping the charity and make the experience of fundraising very exciting and enjoyable.

"I also enjoy chatting to service users about their experience with Guide Dogs as I learn so many new things.

"It is a super organisation to be a part of, and the people involved with Guide Dogs truly make the experience fantastic.”

Proud mum Karen said: “When Nicole's name was announced I was shell-shocked and my jaw fell open in disbelief.

"It was very emotional and compelling seeing Nicole collect her award, we were extremely proud parents.

“Words cannot describe how proud we are of Nicole.

"Her compassion and enthusiasm is evident in everything she does.

"She is passionate and caring and always willing to embrace any new challenges.”

Guide Dogs has around 14,000 volunteers across the UK supporting the charity with their mission to help people with sight loss live the life they choose.

Community Fundraising Relationship Manager Anne Rowse said: “Nicole is one of a kind.

"She makes cakes and tablet to sell at local fundraising stalls, which brings in additional income for the local group.

"She also helps set up and support fundraising events and activities.

"She is such a lovely person to have around, and her enthusiasm is amazing.

“Nicole’s parents were runners-up at our recent local volunteer awards in Forfar.

"As a family, the Donnachies are passionate, driven and committed.

"We’re very lucky to have their support and I’m so happy Nicole’s efforts continue to be recognised.

"She is an absolute credit to her parents.”

To find out about volunteering with Guide Dogs, visit: www.guidedogs.org.uk/how-you-can-help/volunteering-for-guide-dogs/