A BRAVE young boy who battled leukaemia for three years has won a rare bravery award.

Seven-year-old Nathan Mowat has been presented with a Boys' Brigade 'Commendation for Bravery' in recognition of the courage he displayed throughout his illness.

During Nathan's illness his mum launched the Glow Gold campaign in the area, supported by the Tele, to help raise awareness of childhood cancer.

Nathan is a member of the 2nd Gourock Anchor Boys at St John's Church and boys from the company were among his biggest supporters while he was unwell.

This is only the second time in its 120-year history that a member of the company has received the award.

His mum Gillian said: "It was an honour and a privilege for our little man to receive this award.

"He makes us proud every day of our lives.

"It was an emotional Anchor Boys presentation when Nathan was awarded the commendation.

"We have been blessed to have such special people in our lives who have been a tremendous help and support to us over the last three years.

"They are truly second to none."

Nathan finished his treatment earlier this year by ringing the bell at the Royal Sick Children's Hospital.

During the Glow Gold campaign he inspired people across Inverclyde to light their homes, workplaces and community buildings gold.

He also launched last year's Kiltwalk with his Sir Tom Hunter, coming out of his hospital bed to do so.

President Lord Griffiths of Bury Port granted Nathan the Brigade President’s Commendation for bravery.

It was presented at a special prizegiving attended by BBC broadcaster and comedian Tam Cowan.

Anchor Boys officer in charge Helen Aitken said: "Congratulations to Nathan.

"The group are all very proud of him."