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Community stalwart Sandra Sutton nominated for award by local MSP

Twechar’s own Sandra Sutton has been nominated by Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP Rona Mackay as one of the Scottish Parliament’s Local Heroes, being nationally recognised in the Parliament and being invited to attend the opening ceremony of the new session. Ms Sutton who, alongside others, worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic as part of Twechar Community Action, was nominated by Rona as gratitude for her continued community efforts to the region. Based at Twechar Healthy Living and Enterprise Centre, Sandra has consistently sought ways in which to enthuse teams of volunteers and staff to optimise the use of that space and have a positive impact on the community. Regular projects include the collection/ supply of furniture and household items to those in need, support of local refugees as they integrate into the area and the preparation and delivery of lunches to local children. During the pandemic, Twechar Community Action helped coordinate Christmas lunches to all senior citizens in the area due to the restrictions on meeting in person at the time.

In July all 129 MSPs were invited to nominate a constituent who makes a positive

difference to the lives of others – often with little recognition - as their Local Hero. Taking place in early October, all Local Heroes will make a contribution to the Scottish

Parliament’s Opening Ceremony events to mark the start of the new parliamentary


Commenting, Ms Mackay – who has hailed Sandra as “inspirational” – said:

“As the Sixth Session of the Scottish Parliament gets underway, it’s right that the people

of Scotland are placed at the heart of our events. “I can think of no one better than the inspirational Sandra who, for years preceding and throughout the pandemic, is a community stalwart who has been there at every turn for our most disadvantaged. “It is absolutely correct that she is recognised in our national parliament. It’s people like Sandra, who quite often go unrecognised, that make our community what it is today – caring, empathetic and collective. The depth of Sandra’s genuine love for her community is obvious to all who live, work and volunteer in the area and beyond. “These qualities were needed more than ever during the pandemic and it’s entirely appropriate that Sandra should receive such recognition at the Scottish Parliament. Commenting, Sandra Sutton said:

“I’m delighted and a wee bit overwhelmed at Rona’s nomination and I thank her for thinking of me for the award. “This has never been about recognition of self-gratitude, it’s about helping those who needed it most when they needed it most. I’m really thankful to everyone in Twechar Community Action and all praise and support should go to them in assisting everyone throughout our community. END

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