STIRLING youngster Calum McPherson has been named runner up in an awards ceremony set up by disability charity Contact a Family.

The ten-year-old has a very rare genetic condition – De Novo Mutation of the CHAMP1 gene – which causes severe speech difficulties.

However, on January 24, he attended the awards ceremony organised by the charity at the Speaker's House at the Palace of Westminster in London, after being nominated in the Proudest Moment category by his mum Stacey.

At the award event, Calum was praised for his determination to get to grips with a new app on the iPad which helped him to talk for the first time.

Stacey said: “Our Proudest Moment was last year, when Calum started to use a device on the iPad which enables him to communicate and literally opened up his whole world.

“Finally everyone knew what he truly needed and he was so happy, as were we.

"Some people were sceptical that he would be able to use the device correctly, but I never doubted my boy. He has continued to thrive using it at home and at school.

"Recently, I downloaded the Scottish accent in the settings. He was overjoyed to hear him sounding just like his mummy and daddy when he pressed his words.

"I had tears in my eyes. I could list many proud moments, but nothing will compare to seeing your child be able to communicate.”

Contact a Family’s awards ceremony was attended by about 70 families with disabled children, 30 MPs and was hosted by BBC Radio 4’s Jane Garvey.

Penny Mordaunt , the minister for disabled people, work and health, said: “These awards provide an opportunity to recognise the families of disabled children for their tireless support and selfless generosity.

“I’d like to personally congratulate Calum and hope they realise not just how much they are valued by their loved one, but wider society: we are so proud of you and thank you for all you do. ”

The awards were set up by Contact a Family – the national charity that supports families with disabled children whatever their disability or medical condition – to celebrate the countless things UK families do when caring for disabled children.

The proudest moment category was one of six award categories.