John Gil­lies wins at vol­un­teer awards

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

Vol­un­teer­ing takes time, com­mit­ment and a lot of hard work, so it’s only right we say thank you to ev­ery­one who pro­vides sup­port for our com­mu­ni­ties.

Vol­un­teers from across Ar­gyll and Bute were hon­oured at this year’s Vol­un­teer of the Year awards on Fri­day Septem­ber 7 in He­lens­burgh.

The event cel­e­brated the huge con­tri­bu­tion vol­un­teers make – whether it’s man­ning a char­ity shop counter, sup­port­ing car­ers, car­ry­ing out beach cleans or just be­ing a friend to some­one in need.

The re­gional hero award for Mid Ar­gyll was awarded to John Gil­lies.

John is a head coach of the Lochgilp­head Boc­cia team and he re­cently ac­com­pa­nied the group, in­clud­ing bronze-medal-win­ning Flora Currie, to the Spe­cial Olympics in Stir­ling.

He was also pre­sented with the ser­vice to sport award for his out­stand­ing ded­i­ca­tion to the sport over a sub­stan­tial pe­riod of time.

The re­gional hero award for Kin­tyre was pre­sented to Alex McKin­ven and the so­cial en­ter­prise of the year award was pre­sented to Jura Devel­op­ment Trust, which amongst many other things, en­sures Jura res­i­dents have ac­cess to coun­cil ser­vices by main­tain­ing the ser­vice point on the is­land.

Spe­cial Olympic coach John Gil­lies was recog­nised for his work.

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