Childline volunteer receives a British Empire Medal in New Year’s Honours

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A dedicated volunteer from Chryston has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours for services to children and young people.

Elizabeth Walker (83) has received a British Empire Medal for nearly two decades of selfless service to ChildLine Scotland.

She began volunteering with ChildLine in 1997 as she wanted to help children and young people, and since then she has been actively engaged in a number of roles in outreach, administration and fundraising.

A spokesperson said: “Her passion, humour and engaging nature make her a natural fundraiser and she has raised a considerable amount of money for ChildLine.

“She has given awareness raising and fundraising talks to hundreds of groups such as Women’s Guilds and is very successful at helping ChildLine to recruit and retain more volunteers.

“She has given talks at around fifty volunteer recruitment events and her warmth, encouraging manner and way of putting people at ease has resulted in excellent feedback and many applications from these talks.

“She always helps new volunteers settle into ChildLine and takes time to talk to them, get to know them and introduce them to others, acting as a guide and mentor. She has given talks at the Scottish Parliament and readings at an annual event at Glasgow Cathedral, raising awareness of ChildLine’s work.

“She does whatever will helps ChildLine to help more children and young people: stuffing envelopes, writing fundraising Letters to Santa or photocopying volunteer training materials - no job is too big or small and she does them all with good humour, a joke and a smile.

“She knows everyone’s names and their children’s names and makes time for everyone, asking how they are and whether she can help them. She is the warmth and the heart of the service, is so compassionate and she lives the behaviours that ChildLine stands for.”

Also recognised in the New Year’s Honours list was Dr Christine Alexandra Goodall, from Kirkintilloch.

The Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Glasgow and co-founder of Medics Against Violence has been awarded an OBE for services to violence prevention and support.