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Recently Fraserburgh celebrated an evening of honouring its local heroes that have gone above and beyond in doing great things for the community of the town in the last 12 months and in some cases as the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement award – a lifetime.
The Outstanding Achievement Award was honoured to Ron Morricce. Ron a well-known individual in the town coached Fraserburgh Swimming Club for 30 years, taught life-saving from 1972 and was also an RLSS examiner and exam organiser. He received the service cross from RLSS in 1994 for his services to society.
He was a Director of Crossroads when it was situated in Fraserburgh; a Children's Panel member for ten years and the Convener for a few years (organised panel hearings across Aberdeenshire). His role and work were possible because Banff & Buchan and Aberdeenshire Councils allowed him time off work to attend, as they knew he could catch up by being the type of person he is.
He spent 10 years as a Trustee at Fraserburgh Lighthouse Museum and then as Chair for about eight years.
Ron for several years also volunteered at Fraserburgh Community Council as Treasurer.
He was also in the Red Cross as a first aider for a short period of time attending various events in the town and surrounds.
Fraserburgh Campsite and Caravan Park locatded at the beach won the Community Business of the Year award and The Old Parish Church Thrift Shop picked up the award that was voted by the public on social media – the ‘Service With A Smile’ award had a shortlist of 10 businesses.us groups." The Honourable Mrs Kate Nicholson Deputy Lieutenant presented Ron with this award.
Fraserburgh Campsite and Caravan Park located at the beach won the Community Business of the Year award and The Old Parish Church Thrift Shop picked up the award that was voted by the public on social media – the ‘Service With A Smile’ award had a shortlist of 10 businesses.
Five special commendations were also confirmed on the evening
Young local businesswoman Steffi Cowe, Craig Trail of the Sea Cadets, Doreen Gibson of the Fraserburgh Junior Arts, Karen Forsyth for her work within the Resilience Food Larder which was set up in the last 12 months and local charity worker Beldy Blackhall also received one of the awards.
And finally, the Young Hero Award will be shared with Israel Noble, Lola Mitchell and Cali Cruickshank who represented Scotland in the European Championships and helped put Fraserburgh on the map once again in 2022.
However, there is a special fundraising hero award for Connor Easdale who helped raise vital funds for his late younger brother who had a rare genetic disease – Tay Sachs.
Organiser and founder of the awards Ashley Mackie comments “I put forward the project to the local councillors and community council following the events of the last few years as our volunteers, young and businessmen and women did so much for helping their community when the community needed it. With the success of this inaugural event it will no doubt be an annual event for the town”.
All nominees were nominated by the public and a shortlist was decided by a local made up of a Councillor, Business Professional, Community Council Representative and Emergency Services Representative
If you would like to get involved or nominate someone for the next awards then contact us below...
2022 Categories Announced:
Judges will seek to recognise any young person under 18 who has overcome a personal difficulty or made a stand to improve their life or the lives of others. For example young people coping with bereavement, bullying, disability or medical problems, or someone who has organised support for others who face such problems.
Open to all under 18s primary and secondary ages. They can be nominated by their teachers, group leaders and colleagues for any actions that they have done in the last 12 months for the good of the community.
Open to males and females – anyone in the Fraserburgh area.
EXCEPTIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
You can directly nominate someone for this award, but the judges will also look at nominees in other categories who may fit the bill in their opinion. This award must go to someone who has made an outstanding difference to their life, community, family, school, or organisation. If they did it against all the odds, they could be our winner!
This person can come from any walk of life and career path – teacher, volunteer, community warden, etc
Ideally open to those over 18, however all ages will be considered.
SERVICE WITH A SMILE
Do you know someone, or a group or company, who provides outstanding service way above what might be expected? Then this award is for them. Tell us how they operate, and what it is about the service that is so outstanding and makes them way above average for customer care.
This will be a public vote that lists business in Fraserburgh and allows the community to vote for the best service they have received or continue to receive.
The vote will take place on social media and through the FCC website and will be a good way to get the community involved.
COMMUNITY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
The judges will want to hear about commercial organisationswhich provide added value to the communities they serve. Do they support a local charity in some way, sponsor a football team, and never fail to show up at community events? Don’t forget companies that have high standards when it comes to reducing their environmental impact, or who promote the green agenda to customers and the community.
This is for a local business that has achieved keeping a community mindset as well as keeping their business and customers happy over the last 12 months.
A business that is wellknown for going above and beyond for employee welfare as well as community good.
Closing Date 31st March 2022
Calling All Award Sponsors
For businesses and organisations within the Fraserburgh area, supporting the Community Awards is a great way of supporting the local community and has instant tangible benefits noticeable for those involved.
We would like to welcome organisations with an opportunity to sponsor one of our amazing categories and join a cohort of local well-established and reputable firms in getting involved with the Community Awards. We have a number of exceptional sponsorship and package deals available for organisations to support this year.