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The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award

Fiona Henderson receives her presentation from the
Lord Lieutenant/ Lord Provost of Aberdeen.

ON 18th July, Canine Concern Scotland Trust’s Aberdeen group of Therapet volunteers gathered together in Duthie Park, Aberdeen, for a day of days!

This was for the presentation of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for voluntary service by groups in the community. Two hundred of these most prestigious awards were made throughout the UK, 20 of which came the way of Scotland. There were only two animal-related organisations to be honoured – a riding for the disabled group in England, and Aberdeen Therapets.

The award itself was a most beautiful piece of solid crystal, about nine inches tall, engraved with the award logo, a crown made up of lots of images of people, and there was a large framed certificate describing the work of Aberdeen Therapet volunteers and signed by the Queen.

The presentation was made to Fiona Henderson, the Aberdeen area representative, by the LordLieutenant/Lord Provost of Aberdeen on behalf of the Queen, having been nominated originally by Dr Bill Wylie, Deputy Lord Lieutenant. Fiona and her delightful Therapet, Toby the Westie, had already featured in some excellent pre-presentation publicity, including an item on BBC Reporting Scotland on a visit to the Royal Aberdeen Hospital for Sick Children and there was plenty more to follow!

Many of the Aberdeen Therapets were present and much admired by all the other good friends and special invited guests. We were all very proud of them, and it was a day to remember.

The award will remain in Aberdeen, where Fiona hopes to be able to have both items on permanent display in a suitable public place.
Marjorie Henley-Price