Two local women awarded for volunteering work

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TWO local women have had their volunteering work recognised and are two of sixty people from Scotland who have been announced as Diamond Champions.

Mrs Joy Adams from Stonehaven and Mrs Elsie Adams from Portlethen have been announced as Diamond Champions for their outstanding volunteer work, and could meet Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at an event honouring their achievement at St James’s Palace on 29 November.

Diamond Champions, run by older people’s charity WRVS and supported by Their Royal Highnesses as joint Patrons, recognises the contribution that people over the age of 60 make through volunteering. Almost 1,000 people from Scotland were nominated as Diamond Champions.

Portlethen resident, Mrs Elsie Ewen, was nominated as she helps out many old people with shopping etc.

One gentleman (aged 99) depends on her for daily care as he has become very frail. He used to have “Meals on Wheels” so Elsie now cooks for him.

Another old lady met with an accident some months ago and again Elsie has helped out. This is carried out quite selflessly. She has the help of her husband who is also a member of the WRVS. For more than 20 years Elsie helped out with “Meals on Wheels” and managed a good team of drivers and helpers.

Stonehaven resident, Mrs Joy Adams, has also been named a Diamond champion.

For over 25 years Joy has been a volunteer and a friend at Edenholme Residential Care in Stonehaven.

She’s currently Chair of the ‘Friends of Edenholme’, a role she’s had for eight years. She visits the residential home almost every day. Her work includes organising entertainment, games, knitting and taking residents out for a walk. She also helps with church services on Sundays.

When she knows of someone who is in need of respite care she collects their paper from the newsagent and delivers it to the Home. Joy also makes time to carry out her Eldership duties at Church and only recently retired as a Sunday School teacher. She was also an Officer in the Girls Brigade for many years.

The 60 Diamond Champions are invited to an event at the Glasgow City Chambers on 22 October, where they will be presented with a specially designed Diamond Champions pin. They will also receive a certificate signed by Their Royal Highnesses.

At the regional celebration, 10 Diamond Champions will be chosen by a judging panel from Scotland to join 70 others from across the UK at an event to be held at St James’s Palace in London on 29 November, where they will meet Their Royal Highnesses.

The Scottish judging panel included Dr Anne Maree Wallace, Director of Public Health, Forth Valley NHS; Joan James, Divisonal Nurse Director, NHS Lanarkshire; Colin Mackenzie, Chief Executive, Aberdeenshire Council; Dr Maitland Mackie, Mackie’s of Scotland; Julie Thomson, Principal Planning Officer, Aberdeen City Council; and Mrs James Osborne, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Angus.

Margaret Paterson, WRVS head of services for Scotland, said: “It is with great pleasure that we announce the 60 Diamond Champions from Scotland. They are truly deserving of the honour and it is justified recognition of the selfless work they do in their communities to help others. It was incredibly hard to choose 60 Diamond Champions from all the nominations we received; all the nominees are fantastic examples of the incredible volunteering work being done by older people across Scotland.”