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Lily Kennedy

Volunteer Lily Kennedy (90) is a feisty campaigner and volunteer for health as well as welfare and housing rights for pensioners in the West Dunbartonshire area.

Her work has already been recognised at a national level when she was awarded the MBE in 2002 for services to volunteering.

A former window dresser, Lily retired in 1983 and rather than slowing down immediately threw herself into volunteering.

She launched the Vale of Leven Seniors Forum which has since expanded to include Dumbarton, which she still chairs.

Lily is also chair of the West Dunbartonshire Community Care Forum and has been heavily involved in discussions to protect and improve health and social care services.

She said: “I began volunteering because I think it is important to stand up and be counted.

“I have a strong interest in community care because it covers a very wide spectrum of issues which I support.”

A member of the Vale of Leven Monitoring Group, Lily helped NHSGGC Chair Andrew Robertson cut the first sod of the new Vale Health and Care Centre and was presented with the building’s first brick.

Her nominator commented: “Anyone who comes into contact with Lily, no matter what age they are, will leave feeling inspired because she has fantastic communication skills and makes you feel better about yourself and the world we live in.

“In her role as chair of the community care forum carers services in West Dunbartonshire have improved immensely.

“She has also worked hard to improve respite and bathing services in the area.”