A LOCAL woman has been awarded an MBE due to her dedication to fundraising for Cancer Research.
Sheena Booth from Peterhead was included in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2012 and was given a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for voluntary service in Peterhead.
Sheena has been a volunteer at the Cancer Research charity shop for 25 years and has carried out a range of fundraising events outwith the store.
Sheena said: “I couldn’t believe I got the letter telling me about it. I thought it was a joke.”
At the ceremony she had a chat with Prince Charles about her fundraising efforts: “He said, ‘25 years, will you still carry on?’ and I said I’ll try.”
On the ceremony Sheena said: “It was a fantastic occasion and an honour to receive it. I was thinking, should I be allowed? To receive this in my lifetime, I can’t explain. You have to be really good to get one.”
“I went with my husband and children.”
To celebrate, Sheena’s fellow volunteers treated her to a meal at the Buchan Braes in July.
“I have ordered a DVD of the ceremony so I am waiting for that to arrive. I had to phone Buckingham Palace and everyone was asking if they understood me and I said ‘Aye, they did.’”
Sheena added: “I would like to thank all the volunteers for the work they do.
“We get great support in the shop and hopefully we will reach our £2 million target this year.”
Cancer Research UK’s area manager for the North-east of Scotland, Ken Donaldson, said: “Sheena’s commitment over the last 25 years has been astounding and has undoubtedly been the reason for the Drummers Corner shop being among the most successful in the UK.
“Everyone at Cancer Research UK congratulates her on this richly deserved award.”