An Oyne woman has received an MBE in recognition of her volunteering work for children’s charity Barnardo’s.
Mother-of-three Kit Pawson, a supporter of the charity for over 30 years, said she was in ‘total disbelief’ hearing of her MBE award and ‘humbled’.
Kit attended Buckingham Palace on Friday, May 20 and was presented with the award by the Prince of Wales.
She was recognised in the New Year’s Honours list for services to Barnardo’s and her local community.
Kit began volunteering for Barnardo’s in 1983 when she joined the Aberdeen Barnardo’s Helper Group (BHG).
As part of the team she helped organise 17 Balls for the charity as well as a Centenary Concert in 2005 in the Music Hall, Aberdeen, with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and famous folk duo, Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain.
Commenting on her award Kit said: “I felt both privileged and humble at the same time - privileged because I was at the Palace to be presented with such an honour, but also humble, as whatever I have given to Barnardo’s over the past 30 plus years, I have received back 100 times over in terms of friendship with dedicated staff and marvellous volunteers.
“Most important of all, it has been so satisfying to see the difference Barnardo’s makes to the lives of vulnerable children, young folk and their families throughout the UK. I have been lucky to be a tiny part of this magnificent charity.”
Currently Secretary of Aberdeen Barnardo’s Helper Group (BHG) and Bennachie BHG, for over three decades Kit has been Chair of the charities Appeals Advisory Board, a member of Barnardo’s Scotland Scottish Committee and a member of the charities Board of Trustee and was awarded Barnardo’s Founders medal, the top honour awarded by the charity.