Royal honours for Brechiners

Two Brechiners are amongst an elite group of people to have been awarded for their selfless good deeds in the New Year Honours list for 2014.

Marjorie Smith and Sidney Hill are both set to receive an honour from Her Majesty The Queen after they were put forward by the Cabinet Office for consideration.

Marjorie, who does work with girl guiding in Angus alongside work with Friends of Stracathro and charity work with Macmillan, said she was “surprised and delighted” to be awarded a British Empire Medal for services to charity and the community in Angus.

She had no idea she had been nominated for the honour, or by who, and called it a lovely surprise.

Sidney Hill has also been rewarded for services to charity and to the community, and he has been awarded an MBE.

Also receiving an MBE, is fellow Angus resident Michael Hippisley for his voluntary service to Samaritans in Dundee.

He was nominated by fellow volunteers and a member of the Scottish Prison Service. Michael was instrumental in setting up the support service in Scottish Prisons, as well as supporting people struggling to cope by volunteering as a Samaritans listener. He also secured funding for the purpose built branch on Old Glamis Road, and played a vital role in winning corporate partnerships over the years.

Michael was a volunteer at Dundee Samaritans for 24 years, from 1989 to 2013 and continues to support the charity’s work as an honorary member.

He said: “I am gobsmacked to have been awarded an MBE, what an honour! Even though I have stopped answering calls from people struggling to cope, Samaritans remains a big part of my life.

“There have been so many positive developments over the years, but the core service remains the same, and I think that’s one of the reasons why I volunteered for nearly 25 years. It really is a team effort though, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow volunteers both at the branch and across the entire organisation.”