John drives off with top volunteer award

John Clegg has been named Volunteer Driver of the Year in the Grampian Volunteer Transport Awards.
John Clegg has been named Volunteer Driver of the Year in the Grampian Volunteer Transport Awards.

A Fraserburgh man has been named Volunteer Driver of the Year in the Grampian Volunteer Transport Awards.

John Glegg has been volunteering with Fraserburgh Visually Impaired Support Group for more than 21 years, providing an essential service for local people.

He was described in his nomination as ‘that one-in-a-million special person’.

The group offers social and emotional support to people with serious sight loss and its members really value the support offered with many describing it as ‘a lifeline’.

The nomination went on to say: “John is always positive, courteous and caring. He has an impeccable mannger with members, other volunteers and staff alike and everyone trusts him and feels safe with him.”

John will receive a £200 High Street voucher donated by sponsors First Aberdeen and Stagecoach North East.

Andrew Stewart, Health and Transport Action Plan Programme Manager, said “Many vulnerable people rely on volunteer transport services to help them access health and social care.

The recent awards have highlighted the significant efforts of those already providing voluntary community transport.

“All the Health and Action Transport Plan (HTAP) partners supporting the awards are pleased to create a platform for celebrating this important sector.”

The awards began back in 2014 and recognise the work carried out by volunteers across the North-east.

Categories included Volunteer Driver, Volunteer Escort and Community Contribution of the year for an organisation.

Volunteer Escort of the Year was awarded to Janice Laing, who has been volunteering her time as a passenger assistant twice a week for over four years with Banffshire Partnership Limited.

Anita Milne accepted the Community Contribution of the Year Awards on behalf of the Moray Transport Forum.