Lord and Lady Provost to celebrate Edinburgh's unsung heroes

Edinburgh volunteers are amongst those set to be recognised for their crucial contribution to local life at the Lord and Lady Provost’s Community Garden Party 2016.

Duddingston kirk lunch club receive award 2015
Duddingston kirk lunch club receive award 2015

The BIG Project, which supports children and young people in Edinburgh's Broomhouse district, will be presented with a ‘Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service’ by the Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant Donald Wilson at the celebration on Friday 29 July.

They will be joined by a guest list featuring dedicated workers from the city’s third sector, community council members, Edinburgh British Empire Medallists and local philanthropists in the grounds of Lauriston Castle as a ‘thank you’ for their contribution to community life. 

The Lord Provost Donald Wilson said: “As Edinburgh's Volunteering Ambassador, I feel passionately that those who make a special contribution to community life through volunteering and charity deserve local recognition for their efforts.

"This will be our third Community Garden Party of its kind and it will be a celebration to recognise those unsung heroes and those people who really are the backbone of Edinburgh. I am looking forward to thanking them on behalf of the city. I am also extremely grateful to Jayne-Anne Gadhia and everyone at Virgin Money for their continued support and ongoing commitment to the city.”

Sponsored by Virgin Money, more than 500 people will attend the celebration in the grounds of the historic castle making it the biggest Party yet. Guests will enjoy afternoon tea on the lawn, with live music from local Edinburgh choir group the Aw Blacks, Chinese Opera singers and pipe bands.

A community dance group will perform while the Edinburgh Sketcher will draw live from the event. The Lauriston Castle Living History Group, suitably costumed in Edwardian dress, will treat guests to tours of the visitor attraction which are open to the public throughout the year.

Local Councillors have been asked to nominate community champions from all sides of the city to attend to join those Local Heroes recognised by the Edinbugh Evening News. 

Sascha Macleod, Leader of The BIG Project, said: "We are absolutely thrilled to be presented with The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2016 which represents a tremendous achievement for The BIG Project and the community of Broomhouse.

Everyone involved, and in particular the volunteers who are integral to the success of the project are immensely proud of the recognition this award brings. We are delighted to be receiving our award from The Lord Lieutenant on behalf of her Majesty The Queen at The Community Garden Party at Lauriston Castle."

A collection will be made at the event on behalf of fundraiser Thomas Gilzean, who is unable to attend due to ill health.

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