Com­mu­nity spirit wins ti­tle

West Lothian Courier - - News - Deb­bie Hall

Kind-hearted Les­ley Ann By­ers from Black­burn has been an­nounced as this month’s Lo­cal Hero cour­tesy of The Courier and The Cen­tre, Liv­ingston.

Les­ley was picked in recog­ni­tion of all the great work she has done fundrais­ing and or­gan­is­ing chil­dren’s events in the com­mu­nity, all year round, for the last 10 years.

Best friend Karen Welsh nom­i­nated Les­ley Ann in our Lo­cal Hero com­pe­ti­tion where we take the op­por­tu­nity to recog­nise and re­ward peo­ple who re­ally have gone the ex­tra mile to help make a dif­fer­ence in their lo­cal com­mu­nity.

The nom­i­na­tion by her school friend was not only based on her in­cred­i­ble ef­forts in or­gan­is­ing the well-known Christ­mas pa­rade and Mr and Mrs Clause vis­its to peo­ple’s homes, which she ropes fam­ily mem­bers and friends in to help her out, but also her ef­forts rais­ing funds and help­ing to or­gan­ise Black­burn Gala Day ev­ery year.

Karen said her friend thor­oughly de­served the Lo­calHero Award.

She said: “Les­ley Ann is a pil­lar of the com­mu­nity and cer­tainly one in a mil­lion.

“She works hard to make sure ev­ery­one feels part of a strong com­mu­nity by bring­ing fun events and hap­pi­ness to ev­ery­one around her, es­pe­cially all the chil­dren in the town.

“Over the years she has also re­ally sup­ported me per­son­ally when she vis­ited ev­ery day to help with my own chil­dren, which I am hugely grate­ful for.”

Les­ley Ann is busy or­gan­is­ing this year’s Christ­mas Fayre, tak­ing place at the Mill Cen­tre in Black­burn.

And she is hop­ing to raise £1000 to al­low her to put on an­other spec­tac­u­lar gala day in the sum­mer.

This year she is hop­ing busi­nesses will dig deep as well as lo­cals to make sure the day is an­other huge suc­cess.

Les­ley Ann said: “I am ab­so­lutely over the moon to have been nom­i­nated for this fan­tas­tic Lo­cal Hero Award, never mind win­ning it.

“Ev­ery­thing I do in the lo­cal com­mu­nity to bring a smile to peo­ple’s faces, I do be­cause I love it and get a lot of en­joy­ment out of it.

“Bring­ing peo­ple to­gether in Black­burn to en­joy the two big­gest dates in the cal­en­dar is a dream come true but would be im­pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port of friends and fam­ily who I can’t thank enough.

“I would also to men­tion the gala day com­mit­tee, who work hard all year round.

“Ev­ery Christ­mas we raise as much as we can in or­der to be able to con­tinue to run the gala day.

“How­ever, this year I am hop­ing lo­cal business will come on board to help make next year’s event even big­ger and bet­ter.”

Ash­ley Bis­land, deputy cen­tre direc­tor at The Cen­tre, said: “Les­ley Ann has done an in­cred­i­ble job keep­ing the com­mu­nity spirit alive in Black­burn by fundrais­ing all year round to make sure lo­cal chil­dren have a great time at Christ­mas and at the lo­cal gala day, which is why we are de­lighted to award her with our Lo­cal Hero ti­tle.”

And Courier editor, Mar­jorie Kerr, added: “Well done to Les­ley Ann, who helps to make sure Black­burn Gala Day is a suc­cess ev­ery year.

“She is a very wor­thy win­ner of our Lo­cal Hero award.”

If you know some­one who goes be­yond the call of duty to help oth­ers and de­serves recog­ni­tion and re­ward for all their ef­forts, please send an email with the de­tails to deb­bie.hall@trin­i­tymir­

Les­ley Ann has done an in­cred­i­ble job

Gen­er­ous Les­ley Ann By­ers

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