Scots star's award for charity hero

Hollywood actor Gerard Butler has presented an award to the founder of a Scottish charity for his work feeding hungry children.

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow flew to Los Angeles to pick up the prize of 16,000 for the charity Mary's Meals, which he founded in 1992. The former salmon-farmer from Argyll shared the stage with the Paisley-born PS I Love You actor at a ceremony in Hollywood.

Mr MacFarlane-Barrow was the only British nominee for the CNN Hollywood Heroes show, an award scheme which recognises "ordinary people having an extraordinary impact".

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Butler praised the charity worker whose organisation provides school meals for hungry children in developing countries.

He said: "I'm proud because he's a fellow Scot. Every day Magnus lets children know that they matter, that someone thousands of miles away cares about them."

Mary's Meals was founded when Mr MacFarlane-Barrow and his brother Fergus made a plan to deliver aid to Bosnia while having a drink at their local pub.

Mr Butler said: "They were having a drink and talked about the heart-wrenching images of the Bosnian war they'd seen on TV. So they made an extraordinary decision that most of us don't make. They decided to help."

Mary's Meals provides a school meal a day for almost 460,000 children in 16 countries.

Mr MacFarlane-Barrow said: "It's wonderful to be able to receive this award on behalf of the thousands of people who are working to realise our vision."