Falkirk charity stalwart honoured

Anne, front right, with Lord Lieutenant Marjory McLachlan and , back left to right, Susan, Stephanie and Ian Kerr.
Anne, front right, with Lord Lieutenant Marjory McLachlan and , back left to right, Susan, Stephanie and Ian Kerr.

A pensioner who established the local branch of a national charity has been awarded the British Empire Medal for her tireless fundraising work.

Ann Kerr (79) was presented with her ‘gong’ by Lord Lieutenant Marjory McLachlan at a ceremony in Callendar House this week after being recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in the summer.

Ann, from St Modans Court in Falkirk, formed the Scotland Central Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association in 2001 after tragically losing her husband, Archie, to the condition.

Since then she and her hard working team of volunteers have raised over £200,000 and she has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2008.

The wonderful support she received from MND Scotland after Archie was diagnosed made her realise there was nothing locally to help other families in a similar position cope with the situation.

She advertised a meeting in Grangemouth and the branch flourished.