Mum in a million nominated for award

Christine and mum Lee
Christine and mum Lee

A caring mum has been nominated by her daughter for the 2013 Smile Awards for going the extra mile to help people enjoy life.

Lee O’Neil is active in running two music schools in Bishopbriggs and Lennoxtown with her husband Peter.

But she still found the time to be part of Community First, a new local initiative based in Lennoxtown.

Through the group Lee founded the Chatty Club, a lunch and social gathering for OAPs, which she runs almost single handed every Wednesday.

Lee is also involved with Fusion, a youth group for children with additional needs, a ukulele group and an adult choir.

Lee’s daughter Christine said: “Mum is always smiling and always has an ear for everyone. She was very close to the founding members of the Chatty Club and appreciated their support in the early days.

“Sadly, one of the founding members recently passed away leaving his fiancee distraught. Mum wanted to get a memorial bench with a plaque for him, so this was organised and his fiancee was overwhelmed with joy.

“Mum is an extremely friendly woman and always has time for everyone.

“Where ever she goes she is loved and is often seen as the ‘mammy’ of any group she is in due to her caring and compassionate nature.”

Grandmother Lee, from Bishopbriggs, was modest about the nomination. She said: “I just love working with the groups.

“I don’t think I do any more than a lot of people.

“We started speaking to people in Lennoxtown and there’s not much for them there.

“I decided to try and get the Chatty Club up and running. I love doing it and seeing all their faces and having a good laugh.

“The children love the Fusion Club and it’s great seeing them thrive. I have helpers who come along.”

Scotland’s Happiness Day will be held on Saturday, November 2, and to mark the occasion Johnston Press Scotland has joined forces with Stress the Positive as the main media sponsor for the Smile Awards.

The awards celebrate the unsung happy heroes that exist in our lives and communities. To nominate someone for a

Smile Award see this week’s paper, or nominate someone online at: www.scotlandhappinessday.com

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