Community Hero: Miller Stewart

This weekend’s Community Hero is a young boy who carried out a wonderful act of kindness for someone he didn’t know.

Many members of the East Ayrshire community have come together to help Gavin Robertson, a 26-year-old from Stewarton who was put in a medically-induced coma after being attacked while on holiday in Ibiza.

Stuck in Spain without travel insurance, the story sparked a Facebook fundraiser which raised over £40,000 to “help bring Gavin home safe” to his family.

In amongst the swarm of donations, was an incredibly touching tale from 10-year-old Miller Stewart.

While they didn’t know each other, Miller approached one of Gavin’s friends, Reece Poole, and handed him over £100 of sponsorship money he had raised by completing a 5k race with his father.

The money also came with a note for Reece to hand to Gavin, which read: “I’m sorry about your accident and I wanted to help you get better and get home to see your family.

“I decided to raise funds by doing a sponsored 5K run. My family and neighbours helped me to raise £110.

“I did the run on September 12 with a time of 26 minutes 55 seconds. I’ve included my sponsor sheet. I hope you get better and home to Stewarton soon.”

Speaking to the Kilmarnock Standard recently, Reece said: “He’s only 10 years old. The little guy is inspirational and I wish I got a picture with him as it truly made my day.”

A P6 pupil at Gargieston Primary, Miller first heard about Gavin’s story after spotting his face on special empire biscuits made by Brownings the Bakers to help raise money for the campaign.

After that, Miller and his six-year-old sister Rachel both wanted to do their bit to help.

We already know Miller as a super ball boy, having helped at our Betfred Cup clash with Hibernian earlier this season and now we’re thrilled to welcome him back to Rugby Park as a deserving Community Hero.