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Canine Concern Scotland Trust Annual Awards

The Canine Concern Scotland Trust Annual Awards Lunch was held on Sunday 16th November 2008 at the Kaim Park Hotel, Bathgate. The Trust were delighted to welcome members, volunteers and friends to the event.

‘We always enjoy being able to pay tribute to our enthusiastic and deserving volunteers and their magnificent dogs,’ said George Leslie, Chairman of the Trustees.

All awards were presented by Patron, Lesley Fitz-Simons.

The Spencer Award for Therapet of the Year was presented to Clare Copland’s Walton, a Retriever/Labrador cross who is a handsome boy with a wonderful temperament. Walton has been a regular visitor to Rowan Court Nursing Home in Aberdeen for over five years, but it was for his work with phobic children that he was nominated for the award.

We received a glowing testimonial from a clinical psychologist at the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital. Walton particularly helped one child who was petrified of dogs. As the psychologist said: ‘I would go so far as to say that Walton helped to change this child’s life for the better.’

Two teachers from St Andrews school in Inverurie also wrote in praise of Walton. One of the teachers is responsible for autistic pupils and the other for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties. Both teachers described the wonderful, and almost magical effect, that Walton had in helping pupils overcome their fear of dogs.

The runner-up was Caroline Hippesley’s Golden Retriever Clova who has been an outstanding visitor to the Whitehills Health & Community Centre in Forfar.

The Dr Morris Andrew & Daniel the Spaniel Memorial Award, a beautiful silver quaiche donated by Morris’ family, is made annually to the Therapet Organiser of the Year. Morris was a Trustee and was also Area Representative for Edinburgh for a number of years. This year the award was made to Lynsey Thomson, the Trust’s dedicated Area Representative for Stirlingshire.

Two awards were made in respect of ‘Stepping Out For Scotland’, a series of sponsored walks so vital for CCST’s fundraising each year. This year the award for the organiser whose walk raised the most money was won by James MacDonald who arranged the walk in Glasgow. The award for the individual who obtained the most sponsorship went to John and Ann Mitchell who participated in the Glasgow walk.

The final award of the day was the Iain Whyte Memorial Award. This award is made to a person or organisation whose work has been of special benefit to the Trust over the past year or over a period of years. For the second time this award was made to Marjorie Henley Price who, earlier this year and because of continuing ill health, retired as the Chair of Trustees and as a Trustee. Sadly, Marjorie was not fit enough to attend the ceremony to receive her award.

Marjorie was the inspiration behind the creation of Canine Concern Scotland Trust in 1988; she worked tirelessly for very many years carrying out the administration of the Trust and organising the tremendously successful Therapet Scheme. Marjorie was always to the fore in arguing on behalf of dogs and the great value they are to humans in very many ways. On her retirement as a Trustee, the Trustees appointed her to be the first Honorary Life President of the Trust.

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