Campaigner presented with medal for services to charity

A charity campaigner has been recognised for a lifetime of raising awareness of multiple sclerosis by being given a British Empire Medal.

Anne Campbell was presented with her BEM, announced in January, by the Lord-Lieutenant of Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale, Gerald Maitland-Carew, at Scottish Borders Council’s headquarters in Newton last Friday.

Mrs Campbell, 74, has worked for the Multiple Sclerosis Society for over 60 years, first in Northern Ireland and now in the Borders, as a committee member, chairman and president.

She said: “Borderers are very good at rallying around for people, and I think that the thing they like about the MS Society is that all of the funds we raise are spent in the area.”

Mrs Campbell is the branch’s leading fundraiser, raising thousands of pounds by making and selling tablet to an old family recipe.

Captain Maitland-Carew said: “Mrs Campbell richly deserves the British Empire Medal, not only for her important work with the local Multiple Sclerosis Society in raising substantial sums of money but also for the way in which her commitment, hard work and dedication has been an inspiration to everyone with whom she has come into contact.

“She leads by example and has inspired those with and without MS to be the best they can.”