Bainsford’s Mary collects a pair of family honours

Mary Sellstrom, right, with Lord Lieutenant Mrs Marjory McLachlan
Mary Sellstrom, right, with Lord Lieutenant Mrs Marjory McLachlan

A pensioner has collected two special awards in the space of a month.

Mary Sellstrom (80) was awarded a Diamond Champion Award for her tireless volunteering and then picked up the Elizabeth Cross, given to the families of fallen soldiers to recognise their sacrifice.

Mrs Sellstrom, of Gairdoch Street in Bainsford, received the Diamond Champion Award at a ceremony in Glasgow City Chambers. The awards were instituted by the WRVS to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to recognise the work of volunteers over 60. Mary was one of 60 Scots chosen for the award from 4000 nominees. She has worked for 16 years in the Buskit charity shop in Grangemouth which raises money to help children affected by the Chernobyl disaster.

She was due to retire in August, but is still volunteering one day a week.

Mary received a Diamonds Champion pin and certificate signed by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

The following month Mrs Sellstrom was at Stirling Castle, to receive the Elizabeth Cross and memorial scroll in honour of her brother John McDonald.

Lieutenant McDonald joined the Army cadets as a 13-year-old and signed up for the Army in 1946, first as a paratrooper before graduating to lieutenant with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps in 1949. He was seconded to the 1st Battalion Cameronians and served in Hong Kong, Ceylon and Singapore.

Mrs Sellstrom, as his oldest surviving relative, received the award from Mrs Marjory McLachlan, Lord Lieutenant of Stirling, at Stirling Castle.