It’s a family affair as Hawick fundraiser is presented with British Empire Medal

Isabella Halliday, known as Isobel for short, being presented with her British Empire Medal by Richard Scott, the 10th Duke of Buccleuch, at Scottish Borders Council's Newtown headquarters.
Isabella Halliday, known as Isobel for short, being presented with her British Empire Medal by Richard Scott, the 10th Duke of Buccleuch, at Scottish Borders Council's Newtown headquarters.

A Borders fundraiser has been presented with the British Empire Medal she was awarded at the start of the year for her services to charity.

Isabella Halliday, more commonly known as Isobel, was given her medal at Scottish Borders Council’s Newtown headquarters on Monday by the 10th Duke of Buccleuch, Richard Scott, acting in his role as lord-lieutenant of Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale as family, friends and fellow fundraisers looked on.

Isobel being presented with her BEM.

Isobel being presented with her BEM.

That honour was in recognition of the £60,000 Isobel, 76, of Edina Place in Hawick, has raised over the past 20 years for Children’s Hospices Across Scotland by organising car boot and table-top sales, making and selling marmalade and jam and holding an annual lunch for scores of people.

“It was a great honour to meet Isabella Halliday and present her with this British Empire Medal,” said the duke.

“Each year she works tirelessly to raise money for sick children and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.

“Mrs Halliday is a credit to her community and a worthy recipient of this honour.”

Isobel added: “It was surreal, but it was lovely to have my family there with me.”