Royal approval for volunteers

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland’s volunteers in Ayrshire will each be awarded a commemorative royal badge of honour during National Volunteers Week (1st - 7th June) to mark the charity’s achievement of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award.

This prestigious and unique award, created to commemorate Her Majesty’s 60-year reign, was granted to only three organisations in Scotland and is a wonderful tribute to the enormous contribution which Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland volunteers make to the charity’s work.

CHSS will celebrate and thank its volunteers by presenting the commemorative badges at special tea parties during National Volunteers Week. The charity’s volunteers in the South West of Scotland give more than 16,000 hours of their time each year to support their local community and raise funds. There are volunteers supporting people who have had a stroke, befriending volunteers, charity shop and fundraising volunteers.

The local services in Ayrshire are run by CHSS Coordinators Mary Meiklejohn and Margo McCutcheon with the help of trained volunteers, and services meet weekly in Ayr, Cumnock, Girvan, Kilmarnock, Maybole, and Troon.

Mary said: “We’re immensely honoured to have achieved this award and know that our volunteers will wear their badges with pride. We greatly appreciate all their hard work and the contribution they have made to the charity’s success - we couldn’t do it without them! We’re always looking for more volunteers to join our friendly team. It’s rewarding as well as interesting and fun. Best of all, volunteering gives you the power to change people’s lives.”