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Do you know of a life-changing Ross-shire voluntary group worthy on an award from the King?

By Hector MacKenzie

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Joanie Whiteford: ''Let us celebrate our local groups'.
Joanie Whiteford: ''Let us celebrate our local groups'.

VOLUNTEER groups whose efforts "immeasurably" improve communities across Ross-shire are the focus of a new appeal by the area's Lord Lieutenant.

Joanie Whiteford, whose role includes acting as a representative for the King in Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh. is looking to recognise such groups through a prestigious award scheme.

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She said: "The King's Award for Voluntary Service, is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK.

"Let us celebrate our local groups – and could I encourage you to nominate a group local to you?"

Recent local recipients of The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service include:

Gairloch Community Car Scheme & Hospital Car

Cromarty Care Project

Broadford & Strath Community Company

Black Isle Cares

She added: "Unsure of how to nominate a group for a King's Award? Nominating a group is easy and only takes 10 minutes. Find out more at http://kavs.dcms.gov.uk"

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