Medals of honour for Dumfries duo
Two community champions were honoured by the Queen this week.
Michael Pattie and Carolyn Little were awarded the British Empire Medal and Member of the British Empire respectively at a ceremony on Monday.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Dumfries, Fiona Armstrong presented the awards at council offices in Buccleuch Street.
Since his 13-year-old son David died in 1999, Michael has put all of his energy into trying to prevent other families going through the nightmare of losing a child to meningitis.
He has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for the Meningitis Research Foundation with numerous events including the hugely popular Strictly cabaret shows.
And he has taken part in the Comic Relief version of the BBC People’s Strictly show.
Michael has also campaigned for a lifesaving vaccine and was overjoyed in 2015 when the Scottish Government and Department of Health announced it was to be rolled out after a 20year fight.
He said: “I feel very proud and humbled. It’s nice to get recognition for the work we do but we are a team and we couldn’t achieve what we have achieved without them. This award belongs to my family and the team.
“Meningitis is every parent’s nightmare and I hope we’ve turned that on its head. Out of the horror of meningitis comes something good.
“I’d like to give a huge thanks to the people of Dumfries and Galloway for all of their help and I am very grateful. Everything I do is to make my son proud of me.”
Dumfries woman Carolyn has given 17 years of her time to improve the lives of families affected by the serious mental illness of others.
The former Support in Mind Scotland chairwoman received her MBE after serving 14 years in the role.
She said: “It was absolutely lovely day and extra special having it in your home town so you can have your whole family with you as well as select few special friends.
“The people who were with me today have been particularly good to me. I’m part of a team and some of that team is with me today. I couldn’t do it without them and we’ve been very fortunate to be nominated. It could’ve been any of us.
“I’d like to thank everyone for today especially Thelma Proudlock for organising it.”
Proud moment Carolyn Little is presented with her award by Fiona Armstrong
Delighted Michael Pattie with friends and family after receiving his British Empire Medal