Honoured for long service

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The National Trust’s Aberdeen and District Members’ Centre has completed its 40th anniversary celebrations with a special event.

Two of its members have been recognised for their voluntary service at a National Trust for Scotland awards ceremony in Edinburgh.

Morna Farquharson and Finlay McKichan both received the Chairman’s Award.

The award recognises exceptional long service, for 30 and 40 years of volunteering respectively.

Awards were also presented in categories including gardens, support, outdoor conservation, groups and property.

They represented the breadth of volunteer work for the National Trust for Scotland across the country.

Morna Farquharson has helped the Trust in a number of different ways over her 30 years of service.

She has organised the distribution of Trust literature from her home to hotels and B&Bs, volunteered at Provost Ross’ House and assisted at Drum Castle and Castle Fraser events.

On behalf of the Aberdeen and District Members’ Centre, she has carried out the roles of committee member, membership secretary, and (currently) minutes secretary and holiday organiser.

Along with her Chairman’s Award, Morna also received the Trust’s Volunteer of the Year Award for the Members Centre


Finlay McKichan has similarly undertaken a number of different throughout his 40 years of volunteering.

Among these roles, he has served as a member of the former Trust Council and was a founding member of the Aberdeen and District Members Centre.

He can often be found assisting at events at Drum Castle and Gardens.

Despite having volunteered for such a long period, Finlay continues to look for ways to develop the Trust and its activities.