A STIRLING-BORN activist was at the Palace of Westminster to receive a BCAh for services to military veterans, autism and cervical cancer.

Suzanne Fernando MBE was honoured to receive the medal; the BCA programme aiming to recognise individuals who are making a positive contribution.

The category she was nominated in is typically for an individual who has promoted healthcare in any or all of its forms.

Suzanne said: “I'd like to say thanks to everyone at the Palace of Westminster, Church House, House of Lords, the British Citizen Awards team, Lord Dholakia, Dame Mary Perkins, Sara Yarrow - business development director and Matt Albright of Rouge Traders for making the day so special, and as I told them up on stage as I collected my award, us Scot's like to say: ‘It's been pure dead brilliant’.

“The highlight of my day though was meeting fellow veterans Frank McGowan, Tony Nisbet, Archie Dryburgh and Tony Foulds, Tony whom you'll know from recent TV appearances as the gentleman who has dedicated 66 years to the fallen from WW11 continues to look after the memorial to the crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress 'Mi Amigo' that crashed at Endcliffe Park in 1944.

“I was overwhelmed with the award and will continue my volunteering for as long as my health allows.

“I am looking forward to what the future holds and attending Buckingham Palace next where I'll be presented with my MBE."