Charlotte honoured for tireless charity work

Charlotte receives her certificate signed by the Queen from the Lord Lieutenant Sheriff Iona McDonald and Deputy Lieutenant Dr Alastair Grassie. 01_B41medal02

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An unassuming Arran charity worker has received the British Empire Medal from the Lord Leiutenant of Ayrshire and Arran Sheriff Iona McDonald.

Mrs Charotte Weir received the honour at a small ceremony at her home in Blackwaterfoot she shares with husband of 43 years, DG Weir, and Arran Deputy Lieutenant Dr Alastair Grassie.

Charlotte, who is 71, received her BEM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June for her voluntary work with the Glasgow City Mission, as well as on Arran.

She is the City Mission’s farthest travelled volunteer making a 130-mile round trip every week to Glasgow to help at the Urban Cafe in the city centre. In addition, she is heavily involved with Arran Baptist Church and for the last five year has given support to an elderly colleague suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Before retiring more than 10 years ago, Charlotte was a trained nurse and midwife, and was for a number of years a sister at the Arran War Memorial Hospital, working closely during that time with Dr Grassie. She was also the first Marie Curie nurse on the island.

The Lord Lieutenant, making her first official visit to Arran, said: ‘Mrs Weir fully deserves the award having given so much of her own time to help others less fortunate than herself. Like many others, she does not seek personal recognition but chooses to go about her business in her own quiet way. It is important, however, that she is recognised for her work and the BEM is a fitting tribute.’

Charlotte, her husband D G and their special guests. 01_B41medal03

Charlotte, who has four sons, said: ‘It’s just a little overwhelming. I am humbled and honoured to receive this award’, before serving the guests, including the Arran Banner, a splendid afternoon tea.

Graham Steven, marketing and fundraising manager at the Glasgow City Mission said: ‘Charlotte has volunteered at Glasgow City Mission, a charity working with people experiencing homelessness, poverty and isolation, for more than 10 years.

‘She faithfully travels to Glasgow from her home in Blackwaterfoot each Friday to serve in our Urban Café. There, she spends quality time talking and listening with our guests, preparing and serving food, and helping people to realise they have skills and a purpose in this life. Many of the people who come to Urban are in the process of leaving behind a chaotic lifestyle characterised by homelessness, addiction and mental health issues.

‘At Urban, guests work with us to develop and achieve life goals such as learning new skills, securing a job or accessing college courses. Charlotte is a key part of the team that makes this possible and undertakes her volunteering quietly and with great humility and faithfulness.

‘In addition, Charlotte has been involved in fundraising for the charity. Among her endeavours, she has climbed to the top of the Finnieston Crane in Glasgow, taking part in a zip-slide across the Clyde at speeds of 35mph, all in the name of raising much needed funds for the organisation. In addition, she volunteers each year at the Big Arran Challenge cycling and hiking event on the island and ensures participants are welcomed, fed and looked after.’

‘Put simply, we can’t thank Charlotte enough for all that she does for Glasgow City Mission and the vulnerable people that we serve,’ he added.

Sheriff McDonald added: ‘I would like to see more people from across Ayrshire and Arran being recognised with an honour and I would actively encourage anyone who is aware of someone worthy of an award to nominate them. This is a fairly straightforward process and further details can be found on the Lieutenancy website,, or by contacting Nigel Martin, Clerk to the Lieutenancy, 2 Wellington Square, Ayr KA7 1EN.  Tel 01292 265024.