Award for lifetime of care

Pictured is Katie's son Kenny Macleod whose presence at the ceremony was a surprise as he lives in Ireland; daughter Christine Martin (Scadabay) and daughter Mary Jane Ross who lives in Glasgow.
Pictured is Katie's son Kenny Macleod whose presence at the ceremony was a surprise as he lives in Ireland; daughter Christine Martin (Scadabay) and daughter Mary Jane Ross who lives in Glasgow.

A Harris lady who has been a Carer for more than 50 years has been named as Carer of the Year by Crossroads Scotland.

Katie Macleod (83) of 15 Seilebost was given the accolade together with Elgin-based carer Lynn Mackenzie at an awards ceremony in Glasgow last Saturday.

Mrs Macleod was nominated by Crossroads Harris for her years of providing care for various family members since she left school and she continues to do so.

Her lifetime of caring covered an era when there were no vehicular roads, no running water and no electricity. At one time she was caring for her mother, her father and her mother in law while bringing up a young family.

In her own words, Katie said: “I’m only glad I’m able to do it.”

The awards were presented by Sports Presenter Jim Delahunt at a ceremony in the House for an Art Lover at Bellahouston Park.

The awards coincided with the end of Carers Week which was set up to raise awareness of the huge contribution made by those selfless heroes and heroines.

There are 759,000 adult carers and 29,000 young carers in Scotland, saving health and social care services £10.3million a year.

Awarded alongside Mrs Macleod was Lynn Mackenzie whose son has complex needs and she herself has recovered from cancer.