Murdo Fraser MSP has nominated a “community champion” for a Local Hero award at the Scottish Parliament.
The Scottish Conservative politician put forward Phil Seymour, who was chair of Blairgowrie and Rattray Community Council, for the prestigious award to recognise his contribution as chair of the Blairgowrie and Rattray Coronavirus Co-ordination Group.
Every Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) was asked to nominate one of their constituents who have made an extraordinary contribution to the lives of other people living in Scotland locally or nationally during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Commenting, Mr Fraser, who represents the Mid Scotland and Fife region, said: “By all accounts, Phil worked tirelessly in his efforts in the Blairgowrie and Rattray Coronavirus Co-ordination Group over days, weeks and months, and is now, with the help of other members, involved in the recovery following us coming out of the last lockdown. He is a true community champion.
“I feel it is very fitting that Phil is my nomination for the Local Hero award and it is appropriate that the Scottish Parliament can play it’s part in honouring those that have made such a positive difference in these unprecedented times.”
Mr Seymour said he was honoured to receive this recognition for the role he played in leading the support group.
“It was fantastic to see how groups and individuals in the community came together and worked tirelessly over many months to support those adversely impacted by the pandemic,” he commented.
Mr Seymour will join Mr Fraser at Parliament’s Opening Ceremony, an event which will take place in early October to formally mark the new session of the Scottish Parliament.