Leader, September 10 2021

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Service recognised

It was a pleasure to join many of Shopper-Aide’s staff and volunteers as Jane MacLeod, Argyll and Bute’s Lord Lieutenant, presented director Susan Paterson with their prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

It was just a pity not all the charity’s volunteers could be there but their duties supporting Kintyre older residents came first, which is exactly why they are so deserving of the award.

On the topic of recognising service, it was also wonderful to learn of Christine and Christopher Webb’s British Citizen Awards for their work in the healthcare industry during the pandemic.

They provided an incredible insight into life at one of the UK’s largest hospitals during an unprecedented global event.

It is hard to comprehend just how difficult life has been for those in healthcare over the last year and a half and Christine and Christopher are other worthy recipients of their awards.

It was also an honour to be there as John Manning faithfully placed his wreath at the foot of Campbeltown War Memorial on Merchant Navy Day last Friday.

For the last few years, this was dutifully carried out by John with just his wife in attendance.

Thankfully, this year, several others turned out after spotting an advance notice about the event in the Courier.