National award win for Bonnybridge charity The Driving Force

From left, drivers Ian Cameron and David McMillan, Hazel Brydon of award sponsors RBS, volunteer Roy Wardlaw, Dr Bridget McAllister and actor Bill Paterson
From left, drivers Ian Cameron and David McMillan, Hazel Brydon of award sponsors RBS, volunteer Roy Wardlaw, Dr Bridget McAllister and actor Bill Paterson
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A charity that offers free transport to cancer patients has been named community project of the year by a television awards contest.

Driving Force, which is based at Bonnybridge Health Centre, was recognised at the Scotland’s Real Heroes Awards in Glasgow last week.

The ceremony, organised by STV, honoured charities and community projects from across the country.

The Falkirk Herald reported in August that The Driving Force was among those shortlisted for an award. Actor Alex Norton, star of ‘Taggart’, was filmed spending a day at the charity, working alongside local volunteer Roy Wardlaw.

Following a public vote, the organisation collected its award from actor Bill Paterson and sponsors RBS.

Driving Force founder 
Dr Bridget McAllister said: “Everyone involved with the charity is thrilled that we received this award.

“It has given us a real boost and is fantastic recognition of all the hard work our volunteers do.

“Just as importantly, it has raised our profile locally which is really crucial as we want to be able to help everyone in Bonnybridge and Denny who has cancer and needs our help.”

Driving Force was set-up in 2008 with the help of local volunteers with the simple aim of offering free, no-hassle transport to patients travelling to and from medical appointments.

Elizabeth Partyka of STV, said: “Congratulations to Driving Force for winning a much-deserved Scotland’s Real Heroes Award. The series has been a fantastic celebration of remarkable Scots who go the extra mile to improve the lives of others.

Driving Force can be contacted by calling (01324) 812315 or visiting www.bdfthedrivingforce.org.uk.