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Moray's Lucy Smith receives her British Empire Medal


By Alistair Whitfield

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Lucy Smith (née Lintott) with husband Tommy, son Logan and daughter Ahsoka. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Lucy Smith (née Lintott) with husband Tommy, son Logan and daughter Ahsoka. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

Now that his mum has been given a medal three-year-old Logan Smith wants one as well.

And his parents have told him if he's very good he might get one.

Moray's Lucy Smith (née Lintott) was awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Years Honours for her fundraising work to help research into motor neurone disease

The Elgin resident, who grew up in Garmouth, has now received that medal on behalf of King Charles III from Moray’s Lord-Lieutenant, Major General Seymour Monro.

Aged just 19, Lucy became the youngest person in Scotland to ever be diagnosed with MND, an incurable condition which progressively destroys the neurones that carry messages from the brain to the muscles.

A decade later and she's now a mum-of-two and has also managed to raise more than £200,000 for the charity MND Scotland.

Lucy married husband Tommy last year and is the first woman in the world with MND to have twice become a mum after diagnosis.

Lucy with Nancy Robson and Seymour Monro, Moray's Vice-Lord Lieutenant and Lord-Lieutenant. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Lucy with Nancy Robson and Seymour Monro, Moray's Vice-Lord Lieutenant and Lord-Lieutenant. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

Speaking at the investiture ceremony which took place near Garmouth's water tower, she described being named in the Honours list as "surreal".

She said: "When I got the email I had to double-check it wasn’t spam. It's very nice to be recognised for everything."

As well as fundraising, Lucy has been active in MND Scotland’s No Time to Lose campaign, calling on local and national government to do more to support the housing needs of people with the condition.

She has also shared her journey in two BBC documentaries – ‘MND and 22-Year-Old Me’ and ‘Being Mum with MND’.

Rachel Maitland, MND Scotland’s chief executive officer, said: "I'd like to thank Lucy for all her efforts to raise awareness of motor neurone disease, and for the incredible amount she has raised to help others and to find a cure.

"Lucy truly deserves this honour for everything she has done in the face of a devastating diagnosis."

Lucy Smith has been presented with the British Empire Medal for voluntary services to motor neurone disease (MND) research. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Lucy Smith has been presented with the British Empire Medal for voluntary services to motor neurone disease (MND) research. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

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