Lorna is Citizen of the Year

East Ren Citizen of the Year 2016 Lorna Preece
East Ren Citizen of the Year 2016 Lorna Preece

A fitness instructor from Clarkston has been named as East Renfrewshire’s ‘Citizen of the Year’ for 2016.

The award was set up by Provost Alastair Carmichael to thank and acknowledge the unsung heroes who make a positive impact.

This year’s winner, Lorna Preece, picked up the award for her work keeping older people - particularly cancer rehab and cardiac arrest patients - active with dedicated vitality classes.

Provost Alastair Carmichael said: “For nearly 10 years, she has dedicated herself to ensuring her clients are well-informed of local activity, can access services and they are safe and catered for in their own homes.

“Her acts of kindness are squeezed into her busy working day. From organising car-sharing and pick-ups when her class was moved to temporary premises, picking up her clients and dropping them off to ensure they can make her class and also visiting her clients’ homes are just part of the normal routine. She does it all just to make sure they have everything they need and to offer any help they need round the house.”

The 45-year-old said: “I had no idea I had been nominated and it was such a big and pleasant surprise. I believe there is too much loneliness in this world and we all have to do our bit to help.”