Enhancing the lives of older people in South Lanarkshire since 1992
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
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.”