President Award Winners

In 2019, we were delighted to present the President’s Award to six outstanding volunteers. A seventh award is due to be presented at our Poppy Appeal Gathering in April 2020.

The Award is our highest honour, recognising exceptional volunteering services to the charity.

Poppyscotland President Sir Alistair Irwin presented two awards at the Inverness Town House and three awards at the Scottish Parliament with Poppyscotland Chief Executive Mark Bibby presenting one award at our first ever event at
Dean Castle Country Park in Kilmarnock.

Nominations are now open for the 2020 President's and long service awards.

Mrs Morag Mackenzie – Collector – Duirinish Area

Morag has been collecting in support of the Scottish Poppy Appeal for more than 50 years. She covers a wide range of remote areas with door-to-door collections, consistently raising some of the highest amounts in the area and has dedicated her time in support of Poppyscotland every year, come rain or shine.

Morag has served on the community council for more than 40 years and is the epitome of an active figurehead in the area. She influences community decisions and promotes Poppyscotland positively through her interactions.

Despite suffering some health issues in 2019, Morag was back out on the streets collecting during this year’s, her 51st, Poppy Appeal.

Mr Roddie Wood – Area Organiser – Inverness and Surrounding Areas

Roddy has been integral as Poppy Appeal Area Organiser for Inverness and Ardersier, raising an incredible £320,000 since he took on the volunteer role in 2013.

As a regular attendee at Poppyscotland’s Wednesday afternoon veterans’ drop-in sessions he has been invaluable in providing support to their Poppy Pledge effort which helped them to raise more than £7,000 for Poppyscotland, in the form of advice, contacts, World War One uniforms and arranging local collections.

Mrs Kirsty MacDonald – Area Organiser – Carnoustie

Kirsty has been tireless over the years in organising the Poppy collection across Carnoustie, Panbride and Barry. She is particularly keen to involve young people and youth organisations so that they will understand the importance of the Poppy, carrying this on for future generations.

She masterminds the presentation of the War Memorials at Monifieth, Carmyllie and Carnoustie and they regularly win prizes at the Best Kept War Memorial run by Royal British Legion Scotland. Despite all these other commitments, Kirsty always makes sure that she makes time to deliver increasingly successful collections in support of our Armed Forces community.

Mrs Sheona Naismith – Collector – Carnoustie

Sheona started collecting for Poppyscotland when she was a teenager. She used to help her mother-in-law going up tenement stairs in Monifieth.

Fifty years of collecting is an astonishing achievement. She is always among the first to volunteer each year in Carnoustie and she has her own patch for collecting. Not only does she collect herself, but she has been instrumental in recruiting others to join as Poppy collectors. She refuses to let her health issues slow her down, and her efforts are as strong as ever and she regularly collects some of the highest amounts in and around Carnoustie.

Mr Richard Dale – Legion Scotland Poppy Convenor – Dunfermline

Richard first volunteered to collect in support of Poppyscotland as a young man when his father was involved through The Royal British Legion Scotland. He is a stalwart volunteer who goes above and beyond for the area and the organisation as a whole.

Richard promotes Poppyscotland at his workplace, arranging a collection and a tombola each year. He even used the occasion of his wedding anniversary to raise money for veterans and their families! Tirelessly dedicating his annual leave each year, he mans a table in the shopping centre. With 40 years of volunteering in support of Poppyscotland, Richard’s commitment and energy are endless.

Mr James Fallas – Collector and Remembrance organiser – Killearn

Having served in Malaysia as a member of the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Jim, now 90, has contributed his time, energy and enthusiasm to Poppyscotland for more than 50 years.

As the leader of the Boys Brigade in Killearn, Jim has positively promoted the involvement of young people in everything associated with the Scottish Poppy Appeal and Remembrance in the area.

Caring for a disabled wife and approaching his later years himself, Jim is unfaltering in his quest to raise both awareness and vital funds for veterans and their families in Scotland.

Mr Donald Maciver – Area Organiser – Isle of Lewis 
To be presented in April 2020

As Secretary for the Lewis Branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland, Donnie took on the role of Area Organiser fifteen years ago. In this time he has been fundamental to the organisation, administration banking and thanking associated with the Scottish Poppy Appeal in the area.

With the reduction of able members, Donnie personally took on the task of distributing and collecting 197 Poppy boxes and tins. The area is more than 850 square miles and results in more than £7,000 cash collected in support of Poppyscotland and our Armed Forces community. This operation was coordinated by Donnie from his own home, where he stores the tins year-round in preparation for the next Appeal.