A Glasgow Church of Scotland minister has been honoured for his commitment to social justice and improving people's lives.

Rev Brian Casey of Springburn Parish Church has been recognised as a "local hero" and "truly deserving" of the Diversity Award from the John White Little Star Foundation. 

Mr Casey was recognised in his efforts in ensuring that the rights of asylum seekers in his parish church are upheld, where in particular he spearheaded a high profile campaign to ensure that 11-year-old orphan Giorgi Kakava was not deported to Georgia following the premature death of his mother.

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Mr Casey's commitment to planting hundreds of wooden crosses for people whose deaths were drugs related in the garden of Springburn Parish Church was also recognised in the Diversity Award.

Mr White said: “Rev Brian Casey received this award for his work promoting social justice across Glasgow but especially in Springburn."

“He is a well-known face in the community and a pleasure to meet."

“I believe Mr Casey is truly deserving of this award and he has humbly accepted it."

“He is supportive of our work and that goes a long way in my book.”

Mr White, who is still in his teens, was inspired to set up the charity after his young cousin was diagnosed with autism.

Mr Casey said he does what he can to help people of faith and none in his parish.

“I am humbled and delighted to accept this award,” he added.

“I accept it on behalf of the people I serve and commit myself to continue working to ensure social justice for all people.”