The tireless work, commitment and organisational talent of a local community volunteer has been rewarded with an award she helped create.
Anne Lowe (74), originally from Carron, is the latest winner of the prestigious Jimmy Murphy Memorial Trophy.
Co-ordinator of Grangemouth Community Care for over 10 years, looking after the welfare of elderly people, she received official recognition for her role during a service at St Mary’s Episcopal Church last Sunday and her trophy and certificate now take pride of place in her Oxgang Road home.
One of the driving forces behind the introduction of the Jimmy Murphy Memorial Trophy, Anne never dreamed she would ever receive it herself.
She said: “Everyone remembers Jimmy and the work he did for the Grangemouth community. He was a wonderful man and we decided to present a trophy in his name that recognised outstanding community service.
“It’s been really nice to get this trophy, I never expected it. Jimmy’s sister spoke to me on Sunday and said I deserved the trophy, which was nice of her to say.”
Anne, who retired in 2001, comes from a care home background and puts the experience she built up over the years to good use in her role as co-ordinator for Grangemouth Community Care.
“It’s ended up being a seven-day-a-week job. You must be someone who likes people to do this. It is really rewarding and people are on the whole very appreciative.
“We’re always looking for more volunteers to help out.”
Anne co-ordinates 20 volunteers who help at the group’s Wednesday day care initiative in St Mary’s Church, in Ronaldshay Crescent, and the Tuesday and Thursday lunches at Talbot House, Talbot Street, allowing elderly residents, normally isolated from social contact, to enjoy a bit of company and have a good chat with people in similar situations.
Anne said: “We are now looking to the future, and planning for older people’s services for the next 10 years. I’m worried about the long term sustainability of this invaluable service and a working group has been set up to look into this. It would be unthinkable to lose this service.”