Fran has been recognised for managing the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs Countryside Trust's - Walk in the Park programme for her dedication to supporting 250 walkers and volunteers throughout lockdown.
The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs Countryside Trust Walk in the Park programme currently hosts six walking groups across the National Park in Arrochar, Balloch, Drymen, Aberfoyle, Callander and Killin.
The programme aims to reconnect the walkers to their local community, rebuilding their health in a supportive and social environment through health walking while utilising the beautiful surroundings of the park.
Fran has worked hard to expand the programme, developing training programmes to allow new volunteers to gain the skills and confidence to become Walk Leaders as well as assisting in adding two additional walking groups since joining the organisation six years ago.
Playing a crucial role in keeping the group connected during the Covid-19 winter lockdown, Fran quickly moved the weekly meet-ups online so walkers and volunteers could still stay connected and active.
I have always been a walker even from a young age so I know personally how getting out walking can affect both your mental and physical health.
We really try and support members of the community and build their confidence around walking. When lockdown hit we really felt it was important to keep social connections going, especially being from a rural community it can be isolating.
Keeping on top of the ever-changing Covid restrictions, Fran worked tirelessly to get the groups out walking again, while ensuring that guidelines were always being met.
The award means a huge amount to me. I’m really overwhelmed and thrilled that people took the time to put me forward for the award. It’s just amazing to be acknowledged by everyone.”
Dave Beaumont, Chair of the Trust added.
I was so pleased for Fran when I was told of this thoroughly well-deserved award. Fran has put so much effort into the Walk in The Park project over the years and the way she kept the activities and social contacts going through lock down was exceptional.
Fran is a superb ambassador for the Countryside Trust and on behalf of the Board and Fran's colleagues I congratulate her on this achievement.
Watch Fran's video below.