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Inverness and Highlands volunteer group receive award from Prime Minister


By Louise Glen

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Dominic and Shelley Gill set up Acts of Kindness Inverness and Highlands in response to the coronavirus crisis.
Dominic and Shelley Gill set up Acts of Kindness Inverness and Highlands in response to the coronavirus crisis.

A COUPLE from Inverness have been awarded a Points of Light award from Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Dominic and Shelley Gill, from Merkinch, set up the Acts of Kindness Inverness and Highlands group in response to the coronavirus crisis, in a bid to help the most vulnerable and in need.

Within eight hours of launching on Facebook, the group had more than 3000 members and the couple are now co-ordinating support for more than 7000 people.

The daily Points of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers who are making a real difference to people in their community.

In a letter to the couple, Mr Johnson said: “Stories like yours sustain my belief that we will not only beat this virus together, but that we can emerge stronger – more resilient, more innovative, more economically dynamic, but also more generous and more sharing.

“Your countless acts of love and kindness punctuate each day with the very best of humanity.”

Mr Gill said: “We are absolutely blown away to be receiving this award.

“When we initially created Acts of Kindness, we never imagined it would become such a crucial part of the community and with the help of our team of administrators and volunteers, we have gone from strength to strength, allowing us to help local families and individuals in need.”

He added: “To be acknowledged in this manner is absolutely phenomenal and extremely emotional.”


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