Nairn charity set up in memory of 8-year-old boy receives royal award on King's birthday
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A Nairn charity established in memory of a eight-year-old Nairn boy who tragically passed away in 2017 has been honoured with the equivalent of an MBE today (November 14).
It's been announced today that TeamHamish has been awarded a King’s Award for Voluntary Service (KAVS) for their work to create social spaces in the town for all ages and abilities.
Given in recognition of the charity’s work within the community of Nairn, the award honours TeamHamish’s ongoing work enhancing Nairn Links and its commitment to honouring the memory of Hamish Hey and his mother Susan – who sadly passed away in 2020.
Hamish’s father Sam Hey from TeamHamish expressed his gratitude for the recognition, saying: “We are deeply honoured to receive this prestigious recognition from His Majesty The King.
"It is a testament to the overwhelming support we've received from the Nairn community and beyond. We continue to be inspired by Hamish's legacy, and we will strive to continue to work with local residents and community groups to transform the Links area of Nairn, creating a vibrant and accessible space for the whole community to enjoy.
"TeamHamish is at its heart a community project and this award is for the community of Nairn.”
In 2021, the Splashpad, a popular playground conceived by TeamHamish, was opened by Queen Camilla – then Duchess of Rothesay.
TeamHamish is one of 262 local charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups from across the UK to receive the prestigious award.
The highest recognition for voluntary service in the UK, it was created in 2002 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee.
Following his accession, His Majesty The King emphasised his desire to continue the award, with recipients announced annually on November 14 – The King’s birthday.
TeamHamish will receive the award from George Asher, Lord-Lieutenant for Nairnshire.
Throughout the years TeamHamish, which was founded by Sam Hey together with Liz and Danny Bow – Hamish's grandparents – has gathered a strong support in the local community.
The charity's aim is to revitalise Hamish and Susan’s hometown leaving a lasting legacy.
Plans are currently under way for the creation of new footpaths and seating at the Links, with the community set to be heavily involved in all stages of the project.