May’s honours just keep on piling up

May and Ian Millward.

May and Ian Millward.

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A CHARITY worker enjoyed a triple celebration as she received an MBE from the Queen on the day she celebrated her ruby wedding anniversary and just weeks after landing another top award.

May Millward, from Philpstoun in West Lothian, was honoured for her services to charity, 40 years to the day she married Ian.

May, who chairs the West Lothian Voluntary Group for Diabetes UK, received her MBE in the Long Room of the Palace of Holyroodhouse just hours after learning she was to pick up another national award at the House of Lords.

Paying tribute to her fellow volunteers, she said: “The award also comes as recognition, not only for me, but also for every other volunteer who gives up their time to help with the West Lothian branch of Diabetes UK.

“It was a wonderful day, the sun was shining, I had my husband by my side, the family were waiting
in the wings to help us celebrate
our double – what could be better?

“It was an amazing experience and it really means a lot to me.”

A graduate of both Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh universities,
May added: “I spent 38 years with the Department of Work
and Pensions and would like to thank all my former colleagues for having made those years such an easy time.

“The award also comes as recognition, not only for me, but also for every other volunteer who gives up their time to help with the
West Lothian branch of
Diabetes UK.

“I’d like to thank all my family, friends and colleagues for having made the day so very special for Ian and I – it’s something we’ll never forget.”

The West Lothian Voluntary Group for Diabetes UK holds monthly meetings in Livingston and provides awareness and information at St John’s Hospital, GP surgeries and other medical premises throughout West Lothian.

The latest honours come just weeks after May won a regional Tesco team leader of the year award after the supermarket giant chose Diabetes UK as its charity of
the year.

Other volunteers were also honoured by the supermarket giant – Elizabeth Middleton won Tesco volunteer of the year and Shona Murray won the young people’s award.

During her chat with the Queen at the Palace of Holyroodhouse last week, May discussed her volunteering work and the growing diabetes problem in the UK – now affecting some 2.9 million people.

A Diabetes UK spokesman said: “We are delighted to announce that May Millward, chair of the West Lothian Voluntary Group, has been awarded the MBE in the New Year’s Honours list.

“Well done May, from all your friends at Diabetes UK Scotland.”