A pensioner who has dedicated the past thirty years to volunteering and campaigning for health, welfare and housing rights for older people in the West Dunbartonshire has been honoured with a prestigious award.
90 year-old Volunteer Lily Kennedy was today (Monday 26th November) presented with a NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) Chairman’s Award for services to Volunteering by Cabinet Secretary for Health, Alex Neil.
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.
Lily 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 recently helped NHSGGC Chairman Andrew Robertson cut the first sod of the new £19million Vale Health and Care Centre and was presented with the building’s first brick.
Her award nominator, West Dumbartonshire CHCP’s George Murphy, said: “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, carer services in West Dunbartonshire have improved immensely.
“She has also worked hard to improve respite and bathing services in the area.”
NHSGGC Chairman, Andrew Robertson, said: “Lily is very worth winner of this award. Her tireless support for health, welfare and housing rights for older people in West Dunbartonshire over many decades is inspirational. The people of west Dunbartonshire are lucky to have such a dedicated supporter and volunteer championing their best interests.”
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Pic: Lily Kennedy