Scottish member in running for national charity award
08 May 2013
Michael Pattie from Dumfries has been shortlisted in the 2013 Scottish Charity Awards for the work he has done with his ‘Strictly’ event for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF).
Organised by Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the Awards celebrate the vital work of charities, community groups and individuals dedicated to making Scotland a better place to live.
Michael has raised over £100,000 for MRF in the last 14 years as well as being an active supporter and volunteer – working tirelessly to promote symptoms awareness and give talks to local schools and colleges in South West Scotland.
In 2006 Michael instigated a unique fundraising initiative called ‘Strictly for Charity’ – an annual event which has run in Dumfries for the past eight years - raising £250,000 + for over 19 charities in Scotland
Martin Sime, Chief Executive, SCVO, said: “Everyday people working and volunteering in charities right across Scotland make a difference to the lives of hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable people in our communities. These awards celebrate the positive impact this makes and the tremendous effort that charities and volunteers go to in order to make Scotland a better place to live in.”
Mary Millar, Scotland Manager of Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) said ‘Since the death of his son David in 1999, Michael has worked tirelessly to promote the symptoms of meningitis to others and to raise funds for MRF. However it is testament to Michael’s innovation and generosity that his unique fundraising initiative ‘Strictly for Charity’ now provides a vehicle for others in his Dumfries community to raise funds for causes close their own hearts – and to discover that raising money for charity is fun, satisfying and self improving’.
All shortlisted entries will also compete for the People’s Choice Award which will be decided by online voting. To vote for Michael go to: http://www.scvo.org.uk/vote/health-and-social-care/