BORDERS MP John Lamont has this week launched a new awards competition to thank volunteers across the Scottish Borders for their service.

The Scottish Conservative MP announced that he will hold the awards to celebrate the festival of volunteering that will take place to mark the Coronation of King Charles III.

He said he wanted to recognise the “dedication” and “hard work” of volunteers in communities across the Borders.

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The competition will run for one month with entries closing on Friday 28th April. Winners will be announced shortly after.

Nominations are now open for any member of the public to nominate a volunteer who makes the Scottish Borders a better place.

Nominations can be made here: 

Mr Lamont said: “Volunteers are the backbone of the Scottish Borders community. “Without their dedication and hard work, many local services would not be able to function.

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“These unsung heroes support services that make a genuine difference to people’s lives.

“The competition is now open for any member of the public to nominate someone they think should win.

“Please get involved so we can recognise the fantastic volunteers across the Scottish Borders.”