Royal Badge for CHSS volunteers

Gillian Douglas shows of the royal badge and certificate awarded to CHSS volunteers
Gillian Douglas shows of the royal badge and certificate awarded to CHSS volunteers

CHEST Heart & Stroke Scotland’s volunteers in Aberdeenshire will each be awarded a commemorative royal badge of honour during National Volunteers Week, which runs from June 1 to June 7, to mark the charity’s achievement of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award.

This prestigious and unique award, created to commemorate Her Majesty’s 60-year reign, was granted to only three organisations in Scotland and is a wonderful tribute to the enormous contribution which Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland volunteers make to the charity’s work.

CHSS will celebrate and thank its volunteers by presenting the commemorative badges at special tea parties during National Volunteers Week. The charity’s volunteers in the North East of Scotland give more than 10,000 hours of their time each year to support their local community and raise funds. There are volunteers supporting people who have had a stroke, befriending volunteers, charity shop and fundraising volunteers.

The local services in the Aberdeen area are run by CHSS Coordinators Gillian Douglas, Avril Linton, and Susan Massie with the help of trained volunteers, and services meet weekly in Aberdeen, Banchory, and Stonehaven.

As Gillian, from Inverurie, explained, “We’re immensely honoured to have achieved this award and know that our volunteers will wear their badges with pride. We greatly appreciate all their hard work and the contribution they have made to the charity’s success - we couldn’t do it without them!”

CHSS’s stores and boutiques in Rosemount Viaduct, Cults, Ballater and Banchory are also thanking their volunteers and will host celebration tea parties in store at 11am on Tuesday, June 4. These parties will be open to anyone interested in becoming a volunteer. To find out more call 0800 169 5139.