A SHANDON resident has been rewarded for her superhuman volunteering efforts after being named Regional Hero at the Argyll and Bute TSI Volunteer of the Year event.

Marjory Barrington received the award at the annual ceremony which was held in the Parish Church halls earlier this month.

Retired Marjory, who helps out with four separate initiatives around Helensburgh, admitted the recognition came as a shock but said she was delighted with the honour.

She told the Advertiser: “It was a big surprise but I’m very grateful.

“I have worked in the Helensburgh Lunch Club for 15 years and for the last six I have coordinated the volunteer staffing.

“This is such an important club, not only for the great lunches but it is a place to socialise, read the newspaper and generally put the world to rights.”

Marjory also started a dementia friendly choir two years ago, called Local Vocals, which now features around 40 people.

It is perfect for the keen musician to combine her volunteering roles with her passion for singing.

She added: “Tuesday’s with the choir have a very relaxed and fun atmosphere and I love doing this.

“It is such a privilege to be involved with such an awesome group and the TSI give us a lot of support.

“The singers never cease to amaze me with their enthusiasm and ability.”

The lunch club was established almost 40 years ago and caters for 30 elderly people, most of whom live alone.

It currently operates for three days a week, but it is hoped this will increase to four after Christmas.

Marjory is also part of the Helensburgh Music Society which offers local residents the chance to see professional musicians at the Tower Digital Arts Centre, while she regularly packs bags of necessities which are distributed to homeless people throughout the Helensburgh and Lomond area.