Killearn voluntary group gets equivalent of an MBE

A voluntary group in Killearn has received the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Sevice - the equivalent of an MBE for a group.

Michael Pell and Lord Lieutenant Mrs Marjory McLachlan (front-centre) with the Friends of Abbeyfield Killearn.
Michael Pell and Lord Lieutenant Mrs Marjory McLachlan (front-centre) with the Friends of Abbeyfield Killearn.

Volunteers at Friends of Abbeyfield Killearn have been recognised for their efforts in providing care and support for elderly people in the local community.

The award is given for outstanding achievement by groups of volunteers who regularly devote their time to helping others in the community, improving the quality of life and opportunity for others and providing an outstanding service.

Michael Pell, Chairman of the Friends of Abbeyfield Killearn, said: “It is a great honour to receive this award on behalf of those who tirelessly give up their time and skills without seeking thanks or reward.

“However, we would not be able to do what we do without the help of the Abbeyfield Scotland house staff and the residents themselves, who are always so happy and welcoming.

“Lastly, we don’t consider ourselves special – lots of Abbeyfield Scotland houses have fantastic Friends groups and we would like to share this award with them.”

The Friends of Abbeyfield Killearn, which has 12 volunteers, was nominated by the Community Council for their remarkable work for 30 years.


It provides vital social contact, and adds immeasurably to the life of the residents of Abbeyfield House in Killearn. The group is also highly successful in involving other members of the local community, which is valued highly by the residents

The nominations are assessed by a regional committee before being passed to a national committee for final selection and recommendation to The Queen.

The Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Marjory McLachlan, presented them with their award. She said: “The Friends of Abbeyfield Killearn are most deserving of this. The social interaction and activities organised by them add greatly to the quality of life of the residents. There is also great benefit in bringing together a variety of members of the local community, and the interaction between our elderly people and our young people is immensely important.”