A NEILSTON schoolgirl has been rewarded for her efforts to deliver Covid test kits to village residents.

Ava Montgomery hopped on her bike and joined her dad Scott to distribute the kits to those who had ordered them from Neilston Community Council.

The pair also visited local businesses to distribute the supplies as part of efforts to find asymptomatic cases within the community and help break the chains of transmission.

Now the St Thomas’ Primary pupil has received a gift from the Neilston War Memorial Association (NWMA) in recognition of her efforts.

She is one of three youngsters to receive a thank-you card and £20 from the organisation for their good deeds within the village over the past month.

Ava plans to use her cash to buy a basket for her bike, so she can make even more deliveries.

“This was a lovely surprise to come home from holiday to,” said the schoolgirl’s proud mum Lindy.

The other two recipients of the gifts are Neilston Primary pupils Alfie Harris and Caleb Cassidy.

The best friends were praised by residents online after they rushed to the aid of a man with a walking stick who was struggling with his shopping after getting off a bus in Kingston Road.

The boys went out of their way to help the pensioner by carrying his two bags home for him to the Bovis estate.

Matt Drennan, NWMA secretary, told the Barrhead News: “Ava and the two young boys got the same gift for their good deeds.

“We decided to send a wee card with a £20 note in each, so they could get themselves a wee thing, just to say thanks from the community for their good work.

“People are often quick to criticise if anything goes wrong and kids are up to no good but we are not so quick to say thanks to those who help out, so we thought we would just do that on behalf of the community.”