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Ruther­glen mum Grace Lamont, who has de­voted 33 years to a Castlemilk play char­ity, has been nom­i­nated for a pres­ti­gious un­sung he­roes award.

Grace ( 57) from Spit­tal, be­gan at­tend­ing the Jeely Piece Club when her first child Chris (33) was a baby.

She went on to take son Gary (31) and daugh­ter Gil­lian (26) to the club and be­came a vol­un­teer. Her de­vo­tion to Jeely Piece and her en­thu­si­asm for its work earned her the role of ses­sion worker and she is now em­ployed as head of play ser­vices.

“The Jeely is just like a big fam­ily,” en­thused Grace, whose ac­tor son Gary plays Rob­bie Fraser in hit TV soap ‘River City’.

“We are still friends to this day with a lot of peo­ple we met when we first started go­ing when my first son was six-months-old.

“We all sup­ported each other and cared and shared, as you do. It has in­tro­duced my chil­dren and my­self to life­long friends.

“We went on dif­fer­ent trips to the cin­ema and theatre we could not have af­forded as a fam­ily.

“We had a laugh and a gig­gle along the way.

“It was a great up­bring­ing for my kids. It has been such a fun time.

“Jeely has of­fered me the chance to have a ca­reer which I fell into. They sup­ported, trained and be­lieved in me. It is a great op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the play world and see how es­sen­tial it is for chil­dren to get good qual­ity, af­ford­able play that is ideal for chil­dren’s health, de­vel­op­ment and well­be­ing.”

Although mod­est about her nom­i­na­tion for a Great Scot Award – run for 25 years by the Re­former’s sis­ter pa­per the Sun­day Mail – Grace ad­mits she is touched and flat­tered to be among the nom­i­nees.

She said: “I can re­flect back and tears will roll down my face, laugh­ing at all the scrapes we have been in. I am for­tu­nate they be­lieved in me enough to give me paid em­ploy­ment.

“I am re­ally shocked to re­ceive a nom­i­na­tion and a bit flab­ber­gasted. I feel kind of em­bar­rassed be­cause I love do­ing the work.

“There are huge num­bers of wor­thy peo­ple in Castlemilk alone, such de­serv­ing peo­ple who de­vote their lives to work­ing for a bet­ter com­mu­nity.”

The Great Scot Awards hon­our or­di­nary peo­ple whose sto­ries of courage, de­ter­mi­na­tion and self­less­ness make our na­tion proud.

Since the first cer­e­mony in 1991 more than 200 awards have been handed out to de­serv­ing Scots from all walks of life who have achieved the ex­tra­or­di­nary.

Cash raised at this year’s awards cer­e­mony at the Hil­ton, Glas­gow, on Oc­to­ber 17 will go to­wards the Sun­day Mail Cen­te­nary Fund, which aims to raise £1 mil­lion for 17 of Scot­land’s top char­i­ties.

We all sup­ported each other and cared and shared. It in­tro­duced my chil­dren and my­self to life­long friends

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