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West Lothian

Day 2.  Sunday 15 June.

The electric atmosphere of the first day continued into Day 2 as the Queen’s Baton journeyed through West Lothian.  Arriving into the historic county via Broxburn, the Queen’s Baton travelled through many of its towns, including East Whitburn, Bathgate and Linlithgow before culminating in the local authority’s largest town; Livingston for its evening celebrations.

It was certainly a day to remember as the relay team covered 81 miles from their start point on the banks of the Firth of Forth, South Queensferry, to Livingston’s Howden Park.  The day was packed with diverse baton bearers who perfectly embodied the Commonwealth Games spirit. The relay featured a septuagenarian skateboarder, a skunk spectator and the first baton selfie by volunteer Stuart Hatton.

Kicking the day’s proceedings off was Scots comedian Rhona Cameron in South Queensferry it was then taken towards Bathgate and visited Armadale’s Sports and Community Centre. A celebration was also taking place at Linlithgow Palace, which was hosting fun family activities throughout the day.

One of day’s many baton carriers was the volunteer Magaret Fenwick, who through charity Bosom Buds for Scotland has raised a staggering £200k in the battle against breast cancer. 

The West Lothian locals also sent up a huge cheer for multi-talented Maya Kamat who was one of the most nominated people for the whole relay. Maya volunteers at the Donaldson School for children with learning difficulties and somehow also finds time to squeeze in fencing, snow sports and charity work between studying.

Another hit with spectators was Hazel McLinden, who uses the bulk of her free time to raise awareness and funds for charity Brighter Days; a support group for families living with ADHD. She regularly volunteers at schools and the wider West Lothian community to offer support and advice.

As the day drew towards its conclusion crowds in Livingston were thrilled by 71-year old skateboarder Kenny Omond who displayed some of his skills at the Livingston skate park which he also founded 40 years ago.

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Mags runs a charity called Bosom Buds of Scotland, they give help to cancer patients & their families. She has raised almost £200k through voluntary cancer charity work and continues to work extremely hard, supporting patients. She has made a significant difference to the lives of many patients and their families and has been a true inspiration offering continued support to breast cancer fighters in West Lothian.

Maya volunteers at Donaldson’s School for children with learning difficulties and at Hillend Ski Centre where she will be sitting her British Association of Snowsport Instructors exams very soon. She’s also been helping to run a fencing club locally and has become a sports coach in school promoting fencing to students through regular newsletters and raising awareness of minority sports.

Ryan has completed 200 hours of volunteering for Young Scot through two current projects - the Youth Commission on Smoking Prevention and the Junior Climate Challenge Fund Grants Panel. As a member of the Junior Climate Challenge Fund Grants Panel, Ryan had the opportunity to actively engage in the process of awarding funds and support to young people to take action on climate change in local communities.

Billy has nurtured and administered the development of hundreds of football players through schools' football in West Lothian since 1974 and helped many to emerge at local and representative level. He did this in addition to his job as a PE teacher and has continued being involved since retiring eight years ago. Currently he runs a weekly soccer school for under eights, coaches an under-14 school team and is manager of Scottish Schools under 18s.

Abbie is a Young Scot youth commissioner for smoking prevention and has given up over 150 hours of her free time in the last six months raising awareness of the dangers for smoking and promoting youth engagement to help the government in reaching its target of a smoke free Scotland by 2034. She is also a First Aid Cadet and has attended community events as a First Aider and hopes to have a career as a doctor.

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