A great-granny proved to be a real community champ when she picked up an award from the Rotary Club of Falkirk.
Anne Lowe was described as an inspirational person as she received her trophy from club president Andrew Dawkins.
The Grangemouth pensioner volunteers with the town’s Community Care, set up by the Council of Churches to improve the quality of life for those in need, particularly the elderly.
She is perfectly suited to the role as all her life has been involved in the care profession: initially as a nurse in Falkirk and District Royal Infirmary and Bellsdyke Hospital, before managing a care home in Polmont with her late husband, one of the first private facilities in the country.
Anne (76) was nominated by daughter Alison Cornwall, one of her four children. She also has seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Putting her mother forward, Alison said: “Her life is all about helping others which she does because she cares about people.”
As well as the Community Achievement Award trophy, Anne was also presented with a cheque for £400 to give to a charity of her choice. The cash is jointly donated by sponsors Phoenix Honda, which was represented by Colin McGeoch at last Thursday’s presentation lunch, and The Falkirk Herald, represented by editor Jill Buchanan.
Anne said she had been “very surprised” to hear she was this year’s winner of the accolade, adding: “It’s a huge honour, but it’s not just for me. It’s for everyone involved with Grangemouth Community Care.”
Set up in 1976, the organisation provides a day service for the port town’s older residents.
Staffed entirely by volunteers, they strive to ensure that no-one who could benefit from its work will ever be turned away.
Weekly day-care is provided, including transport, hot meals and activities, while the lunch club in Talbot House takes place twice a week.
The group, which has strong links with Age Scotland, recognises the importance for older people of maintaining their links with the winder community.
Anne told Rotarians: “To this end, we try to ensure that all our clients have opportunities to find out about policies and initiatives which may have an impact on their lives, and participate in local and national consultations and discussion groups.”