Theresa May awards outstanding founder of Renfrewshire charity.
THE founder of a Renfrewshire charity for veterans has been praised by the Prime Minister.
Fiona MacDonald, founder of Bravehound, is to receive the Points of Light award, which recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.
The Bishopton based charity matches veterans with companion dogs to support their rehabilitation and provide therapy for those diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Bravehound trains veterans and dogs, and provides welfare support for the full length of the dog’s life.
Fiona: “I am incredibly honoured to have been chosen by the Prime Minister for a Point of Light Award.
“Through Glen Art and now Bravehound we have commemorated many events and the lives of individuals who lived and died during the First World War.
“We believe that honouring the memory of those who died a hundred years ago is best achieved by supporting veterans of today and we are so proud to provide Bravehound dogs and to organise social and artistic events for the veterans we serve, it’s such a privilege to work with such incredible people and I’m delighted to accept this award on behalf of all of the Bravehound team.”
Fiona was inspired to set up the charity in memory of her great aunt, nurse Mary McKinnon killed on the hospital ship Glenart Castle in 1918, and from regularly performing at commemoration concerts and events for military charities.
In a letter to Fiona, Theresa May said: “Drawing on your own family’s history, you have dedicated yourself to supporting veterans and their families when they need it most.
“With your Bravehound initiative, you have developed an innovative project that is having a truly positive effect on the lives of those veterans affected by PTSD.
“Through Glen Art you have also produced a creative and moving way of supporting our Armed Forces. I wish you every success with your continued work.”