Rothesay NHS volunteer honoured at awards

Argyll and Bute's Volunteer of the Year award winners for 2015. (Pic - Kevin McGlynn)
Argyll and Bute's Volunteer of the Year award winners for 2015. (Pic - Kevin McGlynn)

Rothesay nurse Lee Morrison has been honoured for her voluntary work at Argyll and Bute’s annual volunteer awards.

Lee, who was ‘highly recommended’ in the NHS Volunteer of the Year category, has been a volunteer breastfeeding peer support worker since 2013 and only gave up her volunteer role a few weeks before her own baby was born.

She also lends a hand at a weekly ‘baby bistro’, held every Wednesday, helping to keep the club open and welcome members, and has supported a pamper night for pregnant women.

Though unable to attend the event at Lochgilphead in person due to ill health, Lee is looking forward to returning soon to her volunteer role.

The ceremony, organised by Argyll Voluntary Action, is an annual event held as part of National Volunteer Week to celebrate the achievements and contributions made over the past year by volunteers throughout the area.

The keynote speaker at this year’s event was Marco Biaigi MSP, the Scottish Government minister for local government and community empowerment, who said: “Across Argyll and Bute volunteers are giving up their time to make a difference and strengthen their communities.

“It’s been a pleasure to celebrate and recognise the achievements of volunteers as they are making valuable contributions to their area and are helping those less fortunate than themselves. 

“The awards ceremony is an opportunity to highlight the vital role they are playing in their area and also shows others the benefits of volunteering, as it’s a way to make new friends, learn new skills and get a sense of community spirit.”