Volunteers from all over Scotland gathered at the Kaim Park Hotel in Bathgate on 19th November for the annual Canine Concern Scotland Trust Therapet of the Year Dinner and Awards Ceremony, generously supported by Burns Pet Nutrition.
Gorgeous whippet Daisy, was presented with the Spencer Award as Therapet of the Year 2017. Daisy volunteers along with June Symmons at Ashlea House and Pinewood Nursing Homes in Callendar, forming strong bonds with many of the residents there.
She has also participated in Paws Against Stress events to support students at Stirling University and Forth Valley College and is a very popular visitor at children’s play projects during the holidays.
Daisy recovered from a terrible accident that claimed the life of her brother Rudy, which was a huge loss for her. But her positive spirit and determination meant she was soon able to continue giving care and support to people in need. She often dresses up for the occasion to put a smile on people’s faces.
A very close first runner-up for the Spencer Award was Stella Maureen Stewart’s lovely cross-breed from Ross-shire. Together they volunteer in care homes, for the Reading with Dogs programme, in the local high school and in activities to help people who have a phobia of dogs. Her gentle, loving nature is much appreciated by all who know her.
Second runner up was awarded to Skye, a golden retriever, whose volunteering with Bert Muir includes visits to Gartnaval Royal Hospital in Glasgow. Fiona Sinclair, Volunteer Services Manager for Mental Health services nominated Skye and Bert for the award.
Other Therapets nominated for the award were also recognised including Barney, Chris Emson’s Italian Spinone from Moray, Brewster, Pauline Fraser’s Labrador from Fife, Coop, Dawn Clough’s Labrador from the Borders, Daisy and Mya, Wilma Hutchinson’s Sprockers from Perthshire, Digby, Frances Murray’s Cavalier King Charles Spaniel from Glasgow and Strathclyde, Harvey, Jill wilkie’s Shih Tzu from Edinburgh and the Lothians, Max, Avril Abbott’s West Highland White Terrier from Tayside, Minnie, Neil Fergus’ Springer Spaniel from Glasgow and Strathclyde, Orla, Sheila Swan’s Whippet from Tayside, Robbie, Marylin Killen’s Border Collie from Ayrshire, Scrappy, Louise Allan’s crossbreed from Glasgow and Strathclyde and Willow, Barry Williamson’s Golden Retriever from Edinburgh & the Lothians.
The Ki-Chu-Asha Stars of Hope Memorial Trophy, awarded to the the organiser whose walk raised the most money in the year, was presented to new Area Representative for Badenoch & Strathspey, Margaret Ewing. Her walk this year has raised £454.
The Miss Matty Award for the volunteer who has raised the most through sponsored events was presented to Jane Ross of Edinburgh. She walked from St Bees on the Irish Sea to Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Sea solo in June. Her amazing trek of 200 miles took 13 days and raised more than £2000 in sponsorship and gift aid.
Maureen Thomson of Elgin in Morayshire was honoured for 20 Years Service to CCST. Last year Maureen was named Therapet Organiser of the year. She was thanked for her long and dedicated service.
John Kerr, Area Representative for East Kilbride and South Lancashire since 2015, was named Therapet Organiser of the Year. John and his gentle cross breed, JJ, have participated in a wide range of Therapet activities since joining in 2013. He was recognised for his tireless efforts in raising awareness of Therapets, providing support to volunteers expanding the range of places for placements and fundraising.
The prestigious Iain Whyte Memorial Award for a person or organisation whose work has been of special benefit to the Trust, was awarded to Vivien Moen, who recently retired as Badenoch and Strathspey Area Representative. During her 15 years in the role, she showed tireless dedication including through fundraising, supporting volunteers, arranging placements and organising walks.
During the event, Heidi Hudson of the Kennel Club, presented a donation of £500 to the Trust as the charity nominated by Alasdair MacCleod, winner of the 2017 Kennel Club Photographer of the Year Award in the category for Assistance Dogs and Dog Charities. His portrait of Megan, Linda Whitby’s rescue greyhound and last year’s Therapet of the Year, with RAF Veteran, Duncan Currie, captured the judges hearts in this prestigious photography competition.
All awards were presented by CCST Patron, Rosemary Long and Chairman of Trustees, Allan Sim. The event was generously supported by Burns Nutrition. Further information on the awards and the work of Canine Concern Scotland Trust can be found on the CCST website.
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