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Emotional tribute is highlight of LEAP AGM

An emotional Steven Lees paid tribute to

LEAP volunteers when he presented the

Betty Lees Trophy – named after his

grandmother – to inaugural winner Ann

Robertson, LEAP’s Volunteer of the Year.

 

Steven’s gran Betty, who sadly passed away

earlier this year, had a long-term LEAP

befriender in Margaret Brown.

 

When Betty passed away, the Rutherglen

family knew how much of a difference

Margaret had made to her life. So strong

was the connection, all the family wanted to

meet Margaret as they had heard so much

about her.

 

And at Betty’s funeral, the family decided the

collection should be donated to LEAP to

help them continue their good work.

 

That collection was put to good use when it

was decided to use it to introduce the Betty

Lees Trophy for Volunteer of the Year.

 

The family were delighted with the thought,

and Steven agreed to present the trophy in

front of more than 200 people at the

organisation’s AGM in Cambuslang Parish

Church on 9 September.

 

In an emotional tribute Steven said: “I am

very proud to be standing here today to

introduce the Betty Lees Trophy.

 

“LEAP, and Margaret in particular, meant so

much to Gran and the family, and we are

delighted her name will forever be

associated with your Volunteer of the Year.

 

“We will always be grateful for the support

you gave my Gran, and I’m sure every other         WORTHY WINNER ... Ann with Steven and the Betty LeesTrophy

family would feel the same.”

 

First-ever winner of the Trophy, Ann Robertson, has volunteered with LEAP for more than 17 years, and apart from the charity’s management committee, is its longest-serving volunteer.

 

As well as carrying out handyperson jobs for 17 years, Ann has also started supporting one of LEAP’s friendship groups and hopes to continue volunteering for many years to come.

 

Receiving the Trophy, Ann said: “I am shocked. This is a real honour for me.

 

“I never thought I was doing anything different to all of LEAP’s other volunteers, and I’m just happy to be helping people live as long as they can in their own homes.”

 

Betty Lees Trophy