THE first recipient of an award created in the memory of a caring Peebles teenager has been announced.

Campbell Hunter, a student at Glasgow's Strathclyde University, died in an accident almost three years ago, aged 18.

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The former Peebles High School pupil is fondly remembered for his caring nature and enthusiasm for helping others.

The fire service presented the inaugural Campbell Hunter Award to St Mungo's High School in Falkirk.

Border Telegraph: Teacher Heather Anderson receiving the Campbell Hunter from Gayle Gallagher - awarded to St Mungos High SchoolTeacher Heather Anderson receiving the Campbell Hunter from Gayle Gallagher - awarded to St Mungos High School

Campbell's mum, Gayle Gallagher, handed over the prize at Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) headquarters in Cambuslang, near Glasgow.

She said: “Campbell would be beyond delighted with this idea. It is my absolute privilege to present this award to St Mungo’s High School. Campbell always gave people time, had a laugh with them and had friendly words.

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“He made an impact on a lot of people. Thank you for helping me to keep his memory alive.”

Campbell was part of a team of 'School Champions' while at Peebles High – young people chosen for their commitment and drive to help recruit potential stem cell donors to the Anthony Nolan register.

The award recognises others who support the partnership between the SFRS and the charity, and display the same exemplary qualities.

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Teacher Gill Geddes – who helps to support the partnership at Peebles High School – said: “Campbell will always be fondly remembered for his role as a School Champion.

“His enthusiasm, energy, drive and commitment for this cause was clear from the outset and he willingly threw himself into everything – from blowing up balloons to recruiting potential donors! He was a fantastic ambassador, leader and role model for Peebles High School.”

Campbell was also a much-loved big brother to Ker, age four, Jamie, age six, and eight-year-old Fearghas.

Campbell’s mum Gayle added: “My youngest was only a year-and-a-half when it happened and he won’t really have any memories of Campbell, but we talk about him every day and there’s lots of photos and videos.

“Fearghas and Jamie remember him and miss him, and the hardest thing is when they ask, 'Where is Campbell?'

“If it hadn’t been for the wee boys, I don’t know what I would have done. They are so full of energy, and they remind me so much of Campbell at those ages and stages.

“Campbell was such a good big brother to these three wee whirlwind boys who completely ruined his peace and quiet. He used to wind them up and he’d have them running about the garden giggling.

“Presenting this award in Campbell’s name means a lot to me. I’m also delighted to see how the SFRS and Anthony Nolan partnership has grown.

“Being involved meant a lot to Campbell and it’s inspiring to see the young people who have donated their stem cells being recognised for playing their part in helping to save the life of another.”

St Mungo's teacher Heather Anderson said the school was honoured to receive the award.