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Co-founder of life-saving voluntary group ‘greatly surprised’ at funeral invite



A person who has contributed to life-saving work within the west of Scotland says he was “greatly surprised” when he acquired an invite to the Queen’s state funeral.

Stuart McLellan, from Renfrewshire, was made an MBE within the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June.

He’s certainly one of practically 200 folks from the June record to have been invited to attend her state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday.

“It’s a large event,” Mr McLellan informed the PA information company. “I used to be really fairly greatly surprised once I bought the telephone name to ask if I wish to be a part of it.

“It’s a tragic event… I’m in a whole lot of organisations that the Queen has been sovereign head of, I’ve by no means had the chance of assembly the Queen, however the truth that I’ve really been included as one of many final MBE recipients below the Queen has been fairly exceptional.

“I’m delighted to be included. I feel it’ll be a tragic event, but it surely’ll be good to be a part of a historic occasion.”

Ross Nelson (left) and Stuart McLellan acquired the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in 2018, earlier than being awarded their MBEs in June (Stuart McLellan/PA)

Mr McLellan and his buddy Ross Nelson each acquired an MBE earlier this yr after establishing the Neilston and Uplawmoor Neighborhood First Responder group.

“They’re volunteers that reply to life-threatening emergency calls,” Mr McLellan defined.

“In 2018, we bought the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which is the equal of an MBE for voluntary teams. I bought nominated for an MBE following that.”

Mr McLellan has additionally secured tons of of 1000’s of kilos lately to fund very important life-saving tools and sources for distant communities within the west of Scotland.

“My household dwell in Campbeltown in Argyll and Bute,” Mr McLellan mentioned. “They wanted a helipad, and the neighborhood had been making an attempt for years to get it, so I managed to do a enterprise case and get them funding from the Assist Enchantment, which is the County Air Ambulance Belief.

“I bought them £270,000 for a 24/7 hospital helipad, which is now saving lives day by day.”

He added that work has simply began on securing a helipad for residents of Islay, based mostly on the island’s hospital.

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