Charity welcomes recognition for star volunteer in New Year Honours
Juliette Paton, who has been a volunteer fundraiser with Children 1st for over three decades, has received an MBE for her services to the charity in the New Year’s Honours. Juliette, who is 68 years old and a grandmother, has worked tirelessly on Children 1st’s Aberdeen Action Group of fundraising volunteers and the Touch of Tartan Ball Committee, being Chair of both.
Juliette (second left) with The Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Midge Ure, and Lady and Lord Aberdeen at the 2015 Touch of Tartan Ball
Alison Todd, Children 1st Chief Executive, said: "I’m thrilled that Juliette’s contribution has been recognised. This honour is truly well deserved. She’s done amazing work for Children 1st and over three decades has never faltered in her support for the charity. She’s organised fundraising events including balls, rallied volunteers, and been a great ambassador for us."
Juliette said: "My first thought was ‘they’ve got the wrong person!’ as what I’ve done has always been as part of a great team. Without the help of my fellow committee members and support from the Children 1st office, I wouldn’t have been able to do what I did.
"What’s driven me is that I can’t bear the idea of a child being hurt. And the dedication of Children 1st has always impressed me – they put the money that I’ve raised to good use, and do a lot with limited resources. I’ve also thoroughly enjoyed my time, and the people I’ve worked with. Now I’m trying to retire, but I’m not finding it easy!
"I first became involved with Children 1st when June Gordon, Marchioness of Aberdeen, asked me to set up a fundraising action group for the charity in Aberdeen. I said ‘I’m not a committee person,’ but she said ‘just get on with it!’
"What makes me most proud is that our fundraising made it possible for Children 1st to open its base in Aberdeen at Corrieneuchin, where it supports the recovery of children who have been abused. But it also did no harm that Princess Margaret had words with the Provost of the day and said it was a disgrace that Corrieneuchin didn’t exist!"