British Empire Medal presentation held

Lady Susan Haughey, Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire, presented the British Empire Medal to four people in Lanarkshire for outstanding service to their communities


The British Empire Medal recognises those who have provided a service to the community without seeking any recognition or reward, but rather have provided these services because it is the right thing to do.

Mrs Veronica McDonald, honoured for services to adults with special needs in North Lanarkshire, said that the ceremony was; "very humbling and emotional. The council is very good in recognising those who deserve these honours."

The recipients were:

  • Mrs Elizabeth Masson Blades for services to young people and the community in Motherwell, who for 40 years has served as dedicated member of the Fifth Motherwell Girls Brigade.
  • Mr David Stark for voluntary services to piping in South Lanarkshire, who has performed at concert parties, care homes and funerals for countless years.
  • Mrs Veronica McDonald for services to adults with special needs in North Lanarkshire, who has been part of a community that helps those with special needs for 37 years.
  • Mrs Elizabeth MacPhail Stoddart for services to the community in Lanarkshire, who volunteers to use her own car to help those with serious illnesses get the transport they need to their cancer treatment.
  • Mrs Helen Arrol Morton (not pictured) for services to children and young people, who has been a childline counselling volunteer since 2005.

Five recipients were honoured at the ceremony which took place at the Civic Centre, Motherwell on the 12th of June. One will receive her medal at a later date.

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