SHE has led a team of volunteers through two floods and a pandemic all in the space of a year.
Now, Pauline Elliot, who co-ordinates Newcastleton’s resilience team has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
The team now numbers 50 and includes medical professionals, farmers and firefighters, along with many other residents with different expertise to offer.
Of her award, Pauline, whose own home was flooded in the February 2020 flood, said: “It was a bit of a shock.
“I feel very proud to have received it. It’s a testament to my team and our good community spirit. It’s been a difficult time for everyone.
“I didn’t do any of it for recognition or reward. Helping people is something I really enjoy doing.”
Initially, her husband Nicol ran the resilience team but, after experiencing some ill health, Pauline took up the baton.
She said: “It’s the planning which is most important. The team I have are in the fire service, farmers with tractors and doctors and they’re instrumental in helping me put a plan together and carry it out. There is the council as well.
“There are 50 members; it’s a big team with a lot of expertise. I really could not have done all this without their input.
“When leading a team, you must listen to them to get the best from everyone.
“It’s been a double whammy with two floods and a pandemic but it’s proven the community spirit of the community volunteers.”
Massive congratulations to PAULINE ELLIOT who was awarded a British Empire Medal for her work with Newcastleton Resilience Team. She led the response locally to support all those who needed help during the lockdown and worked tirelessly with all the other emergency services to support the community during our recent flood experiences. Hugely well deserved.