Heather wins top award for vol­un­teers

Star-stud­ded event

West Lothian Courier - - News - Mar­jorie Kerr

A West Loth­ian woman has scooped a top ac­co­lade for her vol­un­teer work.

At a star-stud­ded event, Heather Duff was pre­sented with The Forth Char­ity Vol­un­teer of the Year Award.

The fif­teenth an­nual Forth Awards in Ed­in­burgh’s Usher Hall, saw stars in­clud­ing Amy MacDon­ald, Lewis Ca­paldi, Ed Byrne and Go West take to the stage in the cap­i­tal. This year was one of its big­gest and best yet as record-break­ing ad­ven­turer and cy­clist Mark Beau­mont also joined the fes­tiv­i­ties along­side Angie Brown, Roza­lla, and Max Ge­orge. For the first lo­cal he­roes award, Micky Gavin pre­sented Heather with her award. Since bat­tling can­cer, Heather has de­voted her­self to fundrais­ing for Mag­gie’s Can­cer Cen­tre, run­ning an an­nual hockey tour­na­ment aptly named ‘Stick It To Can­cer’ – which this year, smashed its fundrais­ing tar­get of £ 4000, rais­ing an epic £120,000.

The Forth Awards 2018 was once again a cel­e­bra­tion of the best mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment around, plus in­spir­ing sto­ries from Forth’s lo­cal he­roes – whether sim­ple acts of kind­ness by lo­cal teach­ers, or stag­ger­ing amounts of money raised for life-al­ter­ing char­i­ties, ev­ery­one had an af­ter­noon to re­mem­ber and for all our lo­cal he­roes, it was cer­tainly one for the mem­ory books. Richie Jef­frey, head of events said: “The Forth Awards are al­ways a truly in­cred­i­ble and in­spir­ing af­ter­noon and our 15th an­nual cel­e­bra­tion was no dif­fer­ent. From the un­ri­valled Usher Hall at­mos­phere, to our non-stop en­ter­tain­ment and mov­ing sto­ries from very wor­thy win­ners, it is with real proud that Ra­dio Forth is able to sup­port and re­ward peo­ple in our com­mu­nity in this way. Thank you once again to our in­cred­i­ble per­form­ers, lo­cal he­roes and of course the crowd who make it such an un­for­get­table event.”

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