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Fort William’s West Highland Musuem has become the third Lochaber organisation to be awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
Nevis Radio and Lochaber Hope have also been presented with the top award.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Independent Committee chairman Sir Martyn Lewis, said: ‘There is no finer example of democracy in action than people getting together at a local level to tackle a problem or issue at the heart of their community. This year’s magnificent award-winning groups touch virtually every area of need across our society.
‘They also highlight the growing and key role which volunteers are playing in times of rapid change and unprecedented challenges. Whether driven by a neighbourly passion to help others or to achieve that well recognised ‘high’ of personal satisfaction, volunteering taps into a rich spirit of generosity, ingenuity and kindness.
‘The Queen’s Award’s judges are proud to honour the achievements of those who help to make our country great.’
Ian Peter Macdonald, chairman of the board of the West Highland Museum Trust,
said: ‘The West Highland Museum is delighted that the value of its volunteers has been recognised for a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
‘The volunteers who support our museum range from board members to
acknowledged experts who give their time and intellect freely. The bulk of
our volunteers are local enthusiasts who welcome the visitor to the museum
with pride, knowledge and a smile.
‘The museum provides a stimulating activity for an often retired community where they enjoy companionship with their colleagues, enjoy engaging with visitors and where they can enjoy learning a little more every day.’
The three Lochaber groups were among 18 organisations to be honoured across Scotland.
CAPTION; Volunteers at the West Highland Museum who helped gain the award. Photograph: iain Ferguson, alba.photos
NO F25 WEST HIGHLAND MUSEUM VOLUNTEERS