Mairi McCallum, of Moray Food Plus, with BEM.

THE project manager at a local food bank has received her British Empire Medal.

Mairi McCallum, of Moray Food Plus, was awarded a BEM for services to the community during the coronavirus pandemic as part of the Queen’s birthday honours list of October 2020.

However, due to restrictions, she had to wait until today to receive her medal from Moray’s Lord-Lieutenant Major General Seymour Monro at the Tolbooth in Forres.

Mrs McCallum, who was joined by husband Scott and mother Irene as she received the honour, was keen to dedicate the award to the hard-working team at Moray Food Plus.

She said: “Covid has been the most challenging time for us, dealing with increased demand. This award is for the whole organisation, everybody who has helped in the past and just now. We have got a brilliant staff team and brilliant volunteers as well. I’ll take the award in and show them all.”

Mairi McCallum, of Moray Food Plus, was joined by her mother Irene George (far left) and husband Scott (left) as she received her BEM from Major General Seymour Monro…

Presenting the award to Mairi, Lord-Lieutenant Seymour Monro added: “So many people are grateful to you and your team for all the work you have done.

“To work tirelessly on behalf of those struggling with the demands of everyday life shows a real commitment to Moray.”

Mairi has worked with Moray Food Plus – formerly known at Moray Food Bank – for seven years.

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