Frances Jones was awarded the medal in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours to mark her decades of work on behalf of Coeliac UK
She was one of the co-founders of the Glasgow and district group and has served as its organiser for 43 years, during which time she has helped countless people get a diagnosis of Coeliac Disease and to manage their condition.
Coeliac Disease is an autoimmune condition where the body reacts to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. The only treatment is a strict, lifelong gluten-free diet.
Frances was presented with her medal by Rear Admiral Michael Gregory, Lord-Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire, at an investiture ceremony at Clydebank Town Hall.
She said: “It was a surprise but I was delighted that my committee thought that what I’d done meant enough for them to put me forward for it, and I was delighted to receive it.
“I’ve been doing this for a long time but have enjoyed doing it, particularly when I see the changes in awareness, with doctors picking up on it more quickly. People need help after they’re diagnosed and it’s good to get that. It’s a good group I work with.”
Frances (77) now intends to step down from the role but will still be active in the group.