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Volunteers presented with Queen's Award for helping Nairn


By Louise Glen

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Residents at Hillcrest House Nairn received Queens Award for Voluntary Service..Margaret Coyne Dahm(left,front),Tony Dunbar and Mark Hannah.Iain and David Kay(left,middle) and Steven Gunn(back)..Picture: Gary Anthony..
Residents at Hillcrest House Nairn received Queens Award for Voluntary Service..Margaret Coyne Dahm(left,front),Tony Dunbar and Mark Hannah.Iain and David Kay(left,middle) and Steven Gunn(back)..Picture: Gary Anthony..

Residents of a Nairn residential home have won awards for making their town a better place to live.

Six people from Hillcrest House have received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The local heroes were recognised for their efforts working alongside the Nairn Green Hive.

HIllcrest House specialises in the care of people with mental health issues.

Residents at Hillcrest House Nairn recieved Queens Award for Voluntary Service..Steven Gunn receives his medal from Hillcrest House manager Cathering Devine..Picture: Gary Anthony..
Residents at Hillcrest House Nairn recieved Queens Award for Voluntary Service..Steven Gunn receives his medal from Hillcrest House manager Cathering Devine..Picture: Gary Anthony..

Caroline Devine, Hillcrest manager, said she could not be prouder of the residents and their efforts.

She said: “The guys have gone out in all weathers and worked alongside the folk at the Nairn Green Hive, for the benefit of the entire community. We are so grateful to the Hive for the positive way that they have engaged with the guys and the inclusive nature that prevails.

“People with mental health problems can be marginalised by their communities and whilst Hillcrest residents have always enjoyed good relations with the folk of Nairn, the Hive have taken the residents’ collective experience to a new and more rewarding level.

Residents at Hillcrest House Nairn recieved Queens Award for Voluntary Service...Picture: Gary Anthony..
Residents at Hillcrest House Nairn recieved Queens Award for Voluntary Service...Picture: Gary Anthony..

“We are a big family at Hillcrest House, and it is wonderful that our family can feel part of a wider family created by the Hive.

“This has done so much for the clients’ confidence, happiness and wellbeing; long may it continue.”

Occupational therapist Charlie Clark added: “Hillcrest clients have been impressive with regards to their commitment and they are to be congratulated for their efforts to improve the local environment.”

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