Vol­un­teer award for Emily

The Arran Banner - - News - Hugh Boag edi­tor@ar­ran­ban­ner.co.uk

A young vol­un­teer who works tire­lessly for the can­cer sup­port char­ity ArCaS has been named Young Vol­un­teer of the Year – Ar­ran Lo­cal­ity Win­ner 2018.

Emily Gill­son, from Pirn­mill, has re­ceived the award for her work in the ArCaS char­ity shop in Brod­ick which now spans 10 years and trans­lates to a con­ser­va­tive es­ti­mate of 1,150 vol­un­teer hours.

It all be­gan when she was 15 years old and vol­un­teered at the popular char­ity shop as part of a school place­ment. Al­though now at col­lege, she still gives up at least one day a week to help.

ArCaS shop man­ager Lisa Rem­ming­ton said: ‘Emily is a very hard­work­ing and ded­i­cated young woman. She is in­spi­ra­tional in her en­thu­si­asm and her won- der­ful per­son­al­ity fills even the busiest of days with light and joy. Other vol­un­teers work­ing are some 60 years her se­nior and she is a hugely im­por­tant mem­ber of this team, shar­ing hu­mour and hap­pi­ness.

‘Since Emily started, nu­mer­ous Duke of Ed­in­burgh Award pupils from the high school have com­pleted their vol­un­teer obli­ga­tions within the shop and sub­se­quently stu­dent place­ments have taken place. I be­lieve this is due in part to how pos­i­tive Emily works and re­in­forces her role and the won­der­ful work of our char­ity. She is truly com­mit­ted.

‘Our is­land is blessed with hav­ing a very big heart and a car­ing com­mu­nity. Emily has been and is a part of our hearts and we are proud to have seen the won­der­ful young woman she has be­come within our own.

‘We are re­minded that we are all in­di­vid­u­als with strengths and chal­lenges. Char­ac­ters and per­son­al­i­ties are as var­ied as the stars and Emily is a bright ex­am­ple of a won­der­ful, joy­ous and spir­ited per­son.

‘We are re­minded to con­sider the im­por­tance of not just the work com­pleted but the im­por­tance of the work to com­mu­nity.’

The Ayr­shire Com­mu­nity Trust – part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tion of the Ar­ran Com­mu­nity and Vol­un­tary Ser­vice – de­cided to run the awards through­out North Ayr­shire as part of the na­tional Year of Young Peo­ple.

There were nom­i­na­tions for a Young Vol­un­teer of the Year in each lo­cal­ity and Emily was cho­sen as the win­ner for Ar­ran. The idea of run­ning the awards was to show recog­ni­tion and ap­pre­ci­a­tion to young vol­un­teers.

Emily with her award at the ArCaS shop with vol­un­teers left to right: June McLean, Linda Tay­lor and Alan and Ruth Thomp­son. 01_B43ar­cas01

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