Martin Whitfield MSP has congratulated and thanked the winners and nominees at this year’s East Lothian Inspiring Volunteer Awards.

Organised by Volunteer Centre East Lothian (VCEL), the awards were held at the Fraser Centre in Tranent at the start of this year’s Volunteers’ Week.

The annual awards recognise the efforts of outstanding local volunteers across a range of categories.

Mr Whitfield presented the Environmental and Education award, which was won by Alan Hamilton.

Other category winners included:
Community Volunteer of the Year: Angie Fraser
Health & Wellbeing Volunteer of the Year: David Dickson
Outstanding Trustee of the Year: Mary MacLeod
Volunteer Team of the Year: Volt – Volunteer Outdoors
Youth Volunteer of the Year: Sam Windram
Lifelong Commitment to Volunteering: Isobel Gardiner

Speaking after the event, Martin Whitfield MSP said:
“I want to thank VCEL for inviting me to participate in the wonderful Inspiring Volunteer Awards. I enjoyed the opportunity to say thank you and well done to all those nominated for the Environmental and Education award and especially to present Alan Hamilton with his award.
“These awards are a fantastic way to recognise and celebrate the difference volunteers make in our communities, and I congratulate all of the award winners and nominees and the VCEL team for organising such a great event.”
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