Published: 14/03/2018 12:50 - Updated: 16/03/2018 10:57

Mairi gets national award for inspiring others

Mairi McCallumA MORAY charity worker has been recognised as one of the dozen most inspirational women in Scotland.

Mairi McCallum, who is the manager at Moray Foodbank, has been honoured by the Association of Scottish Businesswomen.

The association’s president, Wendy Maltman said: "Mairi is an unassuming but well-informed lady who is extremely diligent, caring and a tireless ambassador.

"She encourages, empowers and inspires everyone around her.

"She also has a big smile and boundless energy."

Mairi has worked with Moray Foodbank for the past three years, dividing her time with another charity, Children 1st.

However she will going full-time in the near future as the foodbank looks to expand its activities.

Mairi said: "We’re looking to do more early intervention work to reduce the number of people who find themselves in problems.

"Food poverty is something I feel very strongly about.

"I think people have a right to have enough food. Nobody should be having to skip meals."

Mairi stated that the award, rather than being about herself, was really the result of the team effort by everyone at the foodbank.

She added: "We have 35 volunteers and there is no way we could do what we do without them.

"But we’re expecting a spike in demand June when Universal Credit is rolled out here, so more help would be very welcome.

"Volunteering is very flexible – you don’t have to commit yourself to coming every week."

Mairi was invited down to Edinburgh to attend the Women of Inspiration Awards, which were held on March 5, which was International Women’s Day.

Amongst the other winners were the chief executive of the Scottish Chamber of Commerces, the youngest woman to climb both the north and south faces of Mount Everest, and a mother who set up a support group after her 13-year-old daughter committed suicide.

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