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2023 Moray and Banffshire Heroes winners announced

By Lewis McBlane

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THE winners of this year's Moray and Banffshire Heroes have been announced.

Claire, Anne and Alan Doughty were crowned hero of heroes and carer of the year.
Claire, Anne and Alan Doughty were crowned hero of heroes and carer of the year.

A fun-packed evening at Brodie Countryfare brought together unsung heroes from the four corners of the two counties.

Inspiring carers Anne and Alan Doughty from Dyke took the night's top honour when they were announced hero of heroes, a category sponsored by AM Macpherson.

The pair's efforts have seen them care for more than 50 children over the last 30 years, which also netted them the carer of the year award sponsored by Parklands Care Homes.

A nomination for the pair read: “Their willingness to create a warm, safe home for young, often challenging people, is unwavering.

"When a recent placement ended last year, we assumed they’d consider retiring as they’re both pensioners, but instead they took on a new placement with a young teenager.

"Fostering is not just a job for Anne and Alan, it’s a way of life.”

Awards were also handed out in another 11 categories.

All the award winners were:

  • Brave Child sponsored by Macduff Shipyards – Sarah Walker
  • Primary Pupil sponsored by Andrew Smith Family Funeral Directors Ltd – Jack Walker
  • Secondary Pupil sponsored by UHI Moray – Ben Stewart
  • Primary Teacher sponsored by WM R Mair Funeral Directors – Emma Rose
  • Secondary Teacher sponsored by Associated Seafoods – Jenna Ogg
  • Emergency Services sponsored by Motive Offshore – Buckie RNLI
  • Carer of the Year sponsored by Parklands Care Homes – Ann and Alan Doughty
  • Healthcare Hero sponsored by Specsavers Elgin – Dr Shelagh Parkinson
  • Fundraiser sponsored by Northern Asbestos – Ashleigh Hepburn Mair
  • Green Hero sponsored by Springfield – Alison Ruickbie
  • Community Champion sponsored by Walker's Shortbread – Buckie's Roots
  • Volunteer sponsored by Robertson – Paul Hughes and Debbie Main
  • Hero of Heroes sponsored by AM Macpherson – Anne and Alan Doughty

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