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Helen Wilson receiving the award from Princess Anne with Derek Mitchell, CEO of Citizens Advice Scotland looking on. Photo: Stewart Attwood All images © Stewart Attwood Photography 2019. All other rights are reserved. Use in any other context is expressly prohibited without prior permission. No Syndication Permitted.

A LOCAL Citizen’s Advice Bureau volunteer says she was delighted to accept a special recognition award not just for her work but that of the whole Lerwick team too.

Helen Wilson, from Aith, was presented with a silver quaich by the charity’s patron HRH Princess Anne while attending CAB’s 80thanniversary conference in Cumbernauld last week.

She was nominated as volunteer of the year in recognition of her skills and knowledge as an adviser, and, in particular, her strengths in the complex and ever-changing field of benefits and her excellent rapport with clients.

“I was absolutely stunned to be nominated for the award and didn’t think I’d make the final four let alone win,” Wilson said after the ceremony.

“Meeting Princess Anne was nerve-wracking but she was so down to earth and totally put me at ease.

“I am pleased to accept the award not just for me, but on behalf of all the volunteers and staff at Shetland Citizens Advice Bureau.”

Local CAB manager Karen Eunson said she was thrilled that Wilson had been recognised in this way.

“We’re all extremely proud of her. In the past 14 years she has been volunteering with us she has become an integral member of our team, and is a great ambassador for the CAB service,” she said.

“Our local volunteers donate over 10,000 hours each year to help us provide people in Shetland with a free, impartial and confidential support service that is always here for those who need it.”