Top award for Rothesay charity shop volunteer

Anna Harrison and Bobby McKenzie at the Charity Retail Association's annual awards ceremony, where Bobby was named volunteer of the year.
Anna Harrison and Bobby McKenzie at the Charity Retail Association's annual awards ceremony, where Bobby was named volunteer of the year.

A VOLUNTEER at a Rothesay charity shop is celebrating this week after winning the Volunteer of the Year prize at the Charity Retail Association’s annual awards ceremony.

Bobby McKenzie, who works at the Cancer Research UK shop in Montague Street, was honoured at the event in Stoke-on-Trent on Monday evening – part of the CRA’s week-long annual conference.

Bobby – who received a special commendation from Cancer Research UK only a few weeks ago in recognition of his efforts – continues to volunteer at the charity’s Rothesay shop despite his own struggle with a long-term illness.

He has helped the shop in Scotland raise an extra £2,500 by working behind the scenes organising its annual fashion show at Rothesay Joint Campus, now in its third year, staying after hours to put together the hundreds of outfits needed. When asked about why he still works when he is unwell Bobby says: “I don’t mind doing extra work. They need to work me while I’m well enough so that when I’m too ill I will have done my bit.”

Anna Harrison, manager of the Cancer Research UK shop in Rothesay, who also attended Monday’s ceremony, said: “Bobby has shown huge dedication despite his illness. When Bobby isn’t well enough to work he usually has to be more or less forced to go home because he is so dedicated to the work of Cancer Research UK.”