Strawberry Tea for volunteers

PROVOST Howatson is pictured with some of those who received certificates at the Strawberry Tea. He is flanked by Sarah-Louise Milne and Emily Arthur.

PROVOST Howatson is pictured with some of those who received certificates at the Strawberry Tea. He is flanked by Sarah-Louise Milne and Emily Arthur.

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A STRAWBERRY tea was held in the Stonehaven Community Centre last week to celebrate the work of local volunteers.

Aberdeenshire Provost Bill Howatson addressed the company and paid tribute to the important work done by volunteers.

“In these difficult financial times it is vital that we do as much as we can to help people to help themselves.

“This is a thank-you to volunteers and I feel we do not say thank-you enough and recognise the work that is being done.

“There are some 30 volunteers working in and around this community centre, carrying out a variety of tasks from minibus driving to young people giving peer support to younger children.

“You all give of your time generously and very few people are willing to do something for nothing.

“Aberdeenshire Council would like to express thanks to you and to volunteers all over the Shire. We are very proud of the work volunteers are doing.”

Provost Howatson presented certificates to the volunteers and also made special presentations to two Mackie Academy pupils.

Sarah-Louise Milne received a Youth Achievement Bronze Level Award and a Millennium Volunteer Award and Emily Arthur received a Millennium Volunteer Award.

The two girls have both carried out 50 hours of volunteer work.