Royal award for humble volunteer

Robert Hill.
Robert Hill.

A well-known figure on the Angus volunteering scene has received royal recognition for his contribution to the community.

Robert Hill was named a Member of the British Empire in Her Majesty’s New Year’s Honours List, for his services to the community of Angus which has included decades of charity and volunteer work for a wide spectrum of Angus organisations.

Speaking on Tuesday, the former Arbroath Academy teacher was still in a state of shock. He said: “My reaction was one of pleasant surprise, but it still seems a bit unreal in a way. It seems very strange that it should come to this.

“I didn’t expect anything would ever happen. I suppose I have done a fair amount over the years, but always just because I felt it needed to be done and that someone needed to do it.”

Robert has a litany of good works to his name, including chairmanships with Friockheim Community Council, Angus Carers Trust, Crossroads Care, Carolina Trust, Angus Association of Voluntary Organisations and the Dundee and Angus branch of the Order of St John, of which he was named a Commander of St John a few years ago.

If that were not enough Robert, who was born in South Africa and moved to Scotland in 1969, has taken on another directorship. He added: “The latest thing is Starter Packs Angus which I think is a very important thing and I’m on the board there.
“I’ve been around a bit!”