Catherine honoured for service

Catherine Hillock was delighted to receive her British Empire Medal
Catherine Hillock was delighted to receive her British Empire Medal

A Motherwell woman has been awarded the British Empire Medal in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the local community.

Catherine Hillock received the honour from the Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire Mushtaq Ahmed at a ceremony in South Lanarkshire Council’s headquarters to present awards to those in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

North Lanarkshire depute provost Jean Jones said: “The medal is awarded for civil or military service worthy of recognition by the crown.

“Catherine has sacrificed her own time to help others and richly deserves this recognition.

“She has helped her communities through different means, by fundraising, volunteering, charity work and changed it for the better which deserves enormous credit.”

Catherine was nominated for her hard work and dedication in the Motherwell and Wishaw community for over half a century.

For over 40 years, she has worked for Cancer Research UK (Motherwell and Wishaw) and has helped raise over £240,000.

She has also been a dedicated member of the Girl Guiding Community for more than 30 years.

In addition, Catherine served as a Justice of the Peace for 20 years.

Catherine Robertson from Airdrie was also awarded the medal on the day.