A COMMUNITY champion who goes above and beyond to help others has been presented with the 2019 East Renfrewshire Council Provost Award.

The prize is awarded to the area’s Citizen of the Year, recognising dedicated volunteers for their work in the community.

Evelyn Baxter, who was presented with her award at the council’s Eastwood headquarters last week, was honoured for the fundamental role she plays in Busby Memory Lane, which was launched in 2016 to provide more opportunities to older people.

With the support of a committee of volunteers, Evelyn plans and delivers weekly sessions at Duff Hall to more than 30 older people, helping them remain engaged in the community.

She was also instrumental in bidding for funding for Spider Park – a play area in Busby with swings, climbing frames and slides.

Evelyn, who is secretary of Busby Community Council, said: “It came as a huge surprise to have been nominated for, never mind awarded with, the prestigious 2019 Provost Award.

“I would like to thank my family, friends and the local community who have supported me over the years, as well as everyone who attends Busby Memory Lane each week.

“Working in my local area brings me great enjoyment and I look forward to continuing this over the coming years.”

East Renfrewshire Provost Jim Fletcher added: “I was delighted to present the 2019 award to Evelyn and hear about her hard work volunteering in the local area.

“A great number of nominations were received this year, however, after the judging panel heard of Evelyn’s tireless work to support the community, we were all in agreement that she should be recognised for her dedication to improve her local area, ensuring it is accessible to all.”