Top marks at Holyrood for Moray’s community heroes

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS IN MORAY who have were recognised in the recent Moray Community Awards have been praised in the Scottish Parliament.

Moray MSP Richard Lochhead lodged a motion this week after attending the awards ceremony, saying that he was “humbled” to hear the stories of those who were recognised.

The Moray Community Awards, which were held on last Friday, are organised by a partnership of organisations and businesses in Moray.

The event sought nominations from members of the public to recognise volunteers who have made a contribution in the categories of Good Neighbour Champion, Young People’s Champion, Youth Support Champion, Fundraising Champion, Healthier and Lifestyle Champion, Green and Environmental Champion and Community Champion.

Six-year-old Lucy Stewart was presented with a Special Commendation Award for her fundraising efforts that saw her collect £2000 for different charities. She also spent part of her Christmas taking presents to other children who were in hospital at the time.

The ‘Ultimate Champion’ Award went to Findhorn’s Cornelia Featherstone, recognised for her work with environmental groups such as the Park Eco Village Trust and Trees for Life.

Mr Lochhead said: “It was fantastic to be able to attend the awards ceremony and see so many of Moray’s volunteers being recognised for the fantastic work that they do.

“There was a great atmosphere at the event and there was a lot of appreciation from the audience. I was extremely humbled to hear the inspirational stories first hand of those receiving awards.

“Each and every one of the finalists should be very proud of themselves. They do the communities of Moray a great service with the hours of commitment that they give and the time they give up to support their passion or indeed the passions of others. Particular congratulations go to Cornelia Featherstone and Lucy Stewart for their overall awards.

“It was a wonderful event and it was great to see the venue packed with family and friends of those being recognised.

“Thanks must go to the sponsors and organisers of the event but most of all to of the volunteers in Moray who contribute so much to the fabric of this area.”