An ‘unsung hero’ was named Falkirk’s community champion.
The annual award made by the Rotary Club of Falkirk to someone who has made a real difference in their neighbourhood was presented to grandmother Rosemary Wallace.
A stalwart of the Falkirk branch of the British Heart Foundation for 28 years, Mrs Wallace is still actively involved with fundraising, helping to bring in around £260,000 during her time with the charity.
She is also the main organiser of the 5k Fun Run in Callendar Park, which this year takes place on Sunday, August 11.
The Rotary Club has been making the presentation for 16 years with the winner receiving a trophy and £400 to give to the charity of their choice. The cash is provided by sponsors, The Falkirk Herald and the Phoenix Honda dealership.
Last Thursday, at the Rotary meeting in the Park Hotel, Falkirk, President Tom Currie made the presentation to this year’s worthy winner.
Member Sandy Murison told Rotarians and invited guests that Mrs Wallace (66) was “not a high profile person, but rather someone who keeps her head down and quietly does her bit for her chosen charity”.
He added: “She is an unsung hero in every sense of the word.”
Mrs Wallace, who lives in Dumyat Drive, Falkirk, with husband John, said she had been very surprised to learn of her nomination.
She said: “My first reaction was to say no but then I realised that I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to have the charitable donation. But I accepted it on behalf of everyone who is on the committee.”
Mrs Wallace, who is originally from Kirkcaldy, knew of the work of the British Heart Foundation through a friend in her home town whose daughter had heart problems.
She added: “I invited someone from the local group to come along and speak to the young women’s group at Falkirk Old and St Modan’s Parish Church which I was a member of. From there I got involved and all these years later, I’m still on the committee.
“However, it is more difficult nowadays as there are a lot of charities looking for assistance. But we do have good supporters who help us bring in about £10,000 annually.”
Along with the fun run, regular events include a Hearty Party and ceilidhs to bring in much-needed cash.
She added: “We’re always looking for ways to raise money for the charity.”
Mrs Wallace, who has two grandsons, said she had received lots of support from husband John and her son and daughter with her charity work.
Anyone who wants to take part in the fun run or find out more about the local BHF group can contact her on (01324) 626932.
Barbara Osborne, British Heart Foundation Scotland’s head of volunteer fundraising, said: “We would all like to congratulate Rosemary on this well-deserved award. She’s been a valued member of our Falkirk Branch for many years, helping to establish and organise successful local events like the Falkirk 5k run, and raising vital funds for our work that make a real difference to people’s lives. We’re delighted to see her hard work and commitment being recognised in her own community.