Donsiders thanked for lifetime of volunteer work

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Three Westhill residents were recognised for their services to the community during National Volunteers Week, which ran from June 1-7.

Husband and wife team, George and Ann Morrison, and David Ritchie, received the Aberdeenshire Volunteer Award.

The award is sponsored by Aberdeenshire Council and supported by Volunteer Centre Aberdeenshire.

The generous Donsiders achieved a lifetime award for over 20 years each of volunteering. The trio received their awards at the Westhill Gala by local Councillor, Iris Walker.

She said: “I am absolutely delighted to present the awards today in what is National Volunteers Week. It is apt that this recognition takes place at a local event where volunteering is key to its success. The work done by all three over many years is fantastic and the awards are very well deserved.”

Mr Morrrison has been involved in local groups including the Rotary, Residents Association and most notably was involved in the “Don’t move Westhill” campaign in the 1980s.

Mrs Morrison was involved in the campaign, as well as Mother & Toddler, Playgroup, Brownie groups and the golf club.

David Ritchie has been a key member of Westhill & Elrick Community Council and is manager/editor of the highly successful Westhill Bulletin. He also raises funds for the Lions Club and co-ordinates the community minibus.