Supergran’s dedication to charity earns praise

Grace Paton with her award at Cancer Research UK's annual Flame of Hope Awards
Grace Paton with her award at Cancer Research UK's annual Flame of Hope Awards

A Peterhead supergran has received a national award from Cancer Research UK in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the cause.

Grace Paton, 91, was named an honorary fellow at the charity’s annual Flame of Hope awards in recognition of unflinching loyalty and dedication shown to the charity.

She picked up the award at a special ceremony in London hosted by Cancer Research UK chairman, Michael Pragnell on Friday, June 6.

The audience heard how Grace had shown exceptional dedication after working tirelessly for 23 years as a volunteer in the Cancer Research UK shop at Drummers Corner.

Grace, who has six children, 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren, first started working at the shop after her husband John died from a heart attack in September 1990 and she has loved every second, even choosing to wear a deep blue designer suit which she bought at the shop for just £15 to the ceremony.

Grace said: “I’d been married for 44 years when my husband died and afterwards I felt I needed something to fill my life. I spotted a notice on the door of the shop asking for volunteers and that was it.

“I don’t think I’ve done anything special but it’s wonderful to get this award.”

Shop manager, Sheena Booth said: “Grace thoroughy deserves the award as she is an inspiration to us all and her 23 years of service was indeed incredible. All her Christmas and birthday presents were bought in the shop, I now know her son’s collar size!”