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Dennis Gowans Volunteer and Fundraiser to receive The British Citizen Award

Dear all , We are pleased to share the following information with you about Dennis Gowans, who many of you will know:

Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, 27 extraordinary people from across the UK are being recognised with the coveted British Citizen Award. One of them is Dennis Gowans, from Crail in Fife. Due to the current lockdown, the usual grand medal presentation ceremony at The Palace of Westminster is unable to take place. For only the second time in its history, Dennis and the remaining 26 medalists received their BCA medals by courier, together with video messages of congratulations together with an invitation to the House of Lords at a date yet to be determined, when it is safe to do so.

The British Citizen Award (BCA), in association with One-Stop, is now in its sixth year and recognises exceptional people who positively impact their communities. Dennis Gowans is honoured with a BCAv for Services to Volunteering & Charitable Giving.

Dennis has been volunteering with various groups in the Royal Burgh of Crail for 10 years to improve life in the burgh. Dennis is heavily engaged in Crail Preservation Society (Chairman), Crail Community Partnership (Secretary), Crail Festival and Crail Folk Club. Dennis led fundraising efforts, for community consultation, community hall business plan development and purchase, and more recently Crowdfunding efforts that helped the community raise funds to purchase three tracts of land for environmental improvement from Fife Council - raising over £100,000 in total.

Dennis is regularly seen painting or repairing community equipment and benches, or participating in the teams that mow the community-run putting green, driving the elderly to medical appointments and delivering community newsletters. A recent organisational highlight was the parade through Crail when the Crail Coat of Arms was presented to the Community Council by The Rt. Hon. the Lord King on Arms and the restored 16th Century Doocot was opened by him.

As Secretary of Crail Community Partnership - a charity formed and funded by the monies raised - Dennis works as a facilitator engaging with community groups to identify the challenges and future actions that can take place to improve the burgh.

Jonny McQuarrie, Managing Director from BCA partner One Stop said: “Each time a new group of medalists are selected it reminds us of how great the people of this nation are. We serve many communities up and down the country through the One Stop convenience stores, and these particular individuals being recognised now, especially at this time of extraordinary circumstance, reflects all that is good about community spirit. It’s a privilege to play a small part in helping them to be recognised. Our congratulations go to all 27 honourees”.

Messages of support were sent via video from TV personalities Michael Underwood, Matt Allwright, Tim Vincent, pop superstar Kimberly Walsh of the Pussycat Dolls, and popular comedian, actor and Patron of the BCA Bradley Walsh. Another Patron, Dame Mary Perkins, Founder of Specsavers sent a heartfelt message together with representatives from Experian, Places for People and Objective HR who have all continued to support the BCA throughout the pandemic.

The British Citizen Award was established in 2015, to recognise exceptional individuals who work tirelessly and selflessly making a positive impact on society. The BCA recognises true pillars of the community, whose divergent endeavours deserve honouring, but would otherwise likely be overlooked.

Dubbed the People’s Honours, each Medal bears the words ‘For the Good of the Country’ and are presented to only a small number of exceptional individuals twice annually. The British Citizen Award is widely viewed as the nation’s way of recognising extraordinary, everyday people for exceptional endeavor and are truly representative of today’s multicultural Britain.

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