Royal reward for Linlithgow Link

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A voluntary group that provides support to vulnerable people has been honoured with the highest possible award.

Linlithgow Link, which was set up back in 1979 and was the first voluntary group of its kind in West Lothian, will receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The aim of the charity is to create a more caring community in the town and Linlithgow Link provide this support through social activity to those who are isolated by illness, age or infirmity. One way Linlithgow Link helps the community is through their car service. A team of 40 volunteers give up their free time to drive people from their homes to hospital appointments and back.

Chairman of the charity John Addy said: “The service is fantastic for people who may have difficulty travelling and gives them a chance at social interaction with the driver.”

Linlithgow Link volunteers also run a Tuesday group in West Port Bield Housing for elderly people where they are entertained and have the opportunity to interact with each other.

In total the charity has around 50 volunteers who are more than happy to give up their time to help those that need it and the commitment has left John staggered. He said: “The staff do not do their work in an effort to win awards, they do it simply to help people.”

Linlithgow Link will receive the award from Lord Lieutenant Isobel Brydie later this summer.

John said: “The award is a tribute to the time and dedication given by all our volunteers who provide unpaid support to all our services.”