Committed Blairgowrie volunteer highlighted for community spirit

Keeping paths accessible and spirits high

Brian Campbell was recognised as Path Volunteer of the Year at our 2023 Volunteer Awards

Brian was congratulated for his commitment and enthusiasm in playing a key role for a voluntary group which upkeeps and maintains paths in the local area.

The 76-year-old has taken on the role of Work Party Organiser with Blairgowrie and Rattray Access Network (BRAN) group, and has played an integral role in coordinating and organising weekly meet-ups to carry out maintenance work.

Brian is known for his hard work, positivity, and dry humour within the group – helping to keep the spirits high while they carry out the manual labour.

Brian Campbell said: “BRAN has become more than just a group; it’s a community of close friends. We often enter local quiz games; and the annual Christmas meal outing and summer barbeque have become highlights of the year.

“When we took over the path maintenance from the council it was a bit daunting, but everyone has come together – allowing us to save the council more than £22,000 a year which is quite the accomplishment.

I always like to make the work we do fun and to have a laugh, while encouraging those who are taking part to enjoy the work; whether that’s the old-hands or the newcomers to the group.

“It’s great to be recognised for this award but it is testament to the hard work our team of volunteers put in, helping make our community paths accessible and safe for everyone to enjoy.”

See the full list of winners from our 2023 Volunteer Awards by clicking here.