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