Medal­lists recog­nised for com­mu­nity work

Gongs handed out

Wishaw Press - - SCHOOL NEWS - Ross Thom­son

Bri­tish Em­pire Medal win­ners from North and South La­nark­shire have been pre­sented with their well-de­served gongs.

Lord Lieu­tenant of La­nark­shire, Lady Su­san Haughey, was given the hon­our of pre­sent­ing the five BEM re­cip­i­ents with their medals at a lav­ish cer­e­mony in Mother­well Civic Cen­tre.

Among those hon­oured was Mother­well woman Veron­ica McDon­ald.

She was recog­nised for her or ser­vices to adults with spe­cial needs in North La­nark­shire which she has served for the past 37 years.

Veron­ica said: “It was very hum­bling and emo­tional.

“The coun­cil is very good in recog­nis­ing those who de­serve these hon­ours.”

Also hon­oured on the day was Car­luke woman El­iz­a­beth Blades, a ded­i­cated mem­ber of 5th Mother­well Girls’ Brigade.

She re­ceived the award for ser­vices to young peo­ple and the com­mu­nity in Mother­well.

El­iz­a­beth Stod­dart vol­un­teers for the La­nark­shire Can­cer Care Trust in Wishaw and uses her own car to help those with se­ri­ous ill­nesses get the trans­port they need to their can­cer treat­ment.

Her gong was for ser­vices to the peo­ple of La­nark­shire.

The Bri­tish Em­pire Medal recog­nises those who have pro­vided a ser­vice to the com­mu­nity with­out seek­ing any recog­ni­tion or re­ward, but rather have pro­vided these ser­vices be­cause it is the right thing to do.

The pre­sen­ta­tion fea­tured an in­tro­duc­tion by Clerk to the Lieu­tenancy and North La­nark­shire Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Jukes and a wel­come from North La­nark­shire Provost Jean Jones.

There was then a sum­mary of ci­ta­tion and pre­sen­ta­tion of medals by Lady Haughey CBE, and clos­ing re­marks from South La­nark­shire Provost Ian McAl­lan.

Wor­thy win­ners BEM re­cip­i­ents with both Provosts and Lady Su­san Haughey CBE

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