The presentation of the inaugural Ena Wilkie Volunteering Award took place on June 18 at the Caledonian Railway ‘s Bridge of Dun station.
The award, run by Voluntary Action Angus, was awarded to Kaine Bisset.
The Ena Wilkie Award was established in memory of a long standing and much-loved volunteer of the Caledonian Railway, who sadly died last year. Ena was marketing manager for the railway but also worked tirelessly to bring in new volunteers as well as to encourage those already involved in the railway and those from further afield.
Voluntary Action Angus had worked closely with Ena for many years and was keen to establish the award to make sure her work carries on into the future.
Kaine has been a volunteer at the railway for around two years. During this time he has single-handedly raised nearly £10,000.00 towards one of the railway’s most important projects - the renewal of the steam engine boiler (on Thomas the Tank engine) which is due to take place during 2014 (known as the ‘boiler appeal’).
Kaine has been the face and driving force behind the “Squashed Penny Appeal”, which sees the pennies sold to visitors for £1 each with proceeds going into the boiler fund. He has shown extraordinary commitment in this role, carrying out the work on every running day.
When the railway is not running, Kaine can be found working on the diesel locomotives at Bridge of Dun with the restoration team.
A spokesperson for the railway commented: “Kaine is a credit to his family, his school and the railway and we hope he will continue to volunteer with us for many years to come.”
The prize was given to Kaine by Morag McKenzie of Voluntary Action Angus