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Community Heroes winner Thomas Marshall
Community Heroes winner Thomas Marshall

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Trip of a lifetime handed out to 15 Community Heroes as part of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines campaign

Fifteen deserving winners will be making waves after scooping a prize as part of our Community Heroes giveaway.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines partnered with The Scottish Sun to run a competition where readers could nominate their community heroes to win a cruise on board Balmoral departing from Rosyth.

Entries told tales of individuals setting up Scotland’s first non-medical, 24/7 crisis centre, supplying schools and businesses with free hand sanitiser during the pandemic, looking out for neighbours in sheltered housing and dedicating their life to volunteering.

Peter Deer, Managing Director at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“We were overwhelmed by the fantastic stories of selfless deeds entered as part of our Community Heroes competition in partnership with The Scottish Sun.

“We are thrilled to have been able to celebrate the region’s unsung heroes who make a real difference in the local community.

“All of our winners contribute to bettering the lives of others and we are pleased to give them the recognition they deserve.”

Among the winners were Anne and Brian Rowan who set up Chris’s House, Scotland’s first non-medical, 24/7 crisis centre after their son took his life in 2011.

Nominating the pair, friend and charity colleague Vikki Carson said: “Anne turned heartache into a lifetime dedicated to supporting other people.”

Another winner was Steven Cunningham, who was nominated by his wife, Shelley, for 15 years of volunteering with the cadets.

Speaking about her husband who is registered blind, she said: “He’s so deserving of it and I’m glad he was so surprised.”

Hairdresser Thomas Marshall was nominated by friend Esther Gilchrist, who recently turned 100.

He helps sheltered housing residents, doing their shopping and odd jobs.

Thomas said: “It’s an amazing feeling because I never expected this at all. It’s nice to be appreciated.”

All 15 winners are:

Nicholas Mullen
Nicky Murphy
Craig Longwell
Bob Blair
Steff Murdoch
Paula Crielly
Thomas Marshall
Anne and Brian Rowan
Nancy Fyfe
Carla Clarke
Steven Cunningham
Steven Guild
Beth Reid
Rachel Jubb
Sarah Carson

For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, visit the website at Book online, call Reservations on 0800 0355 242 (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm), or contact your ABTA travel agent.


Georgina May

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

At Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines we are very proud of our smaller ships – Bolette, Borealis and Balmoral - and the imaginative and unusual itineraries they allow us to offer. Every cruise is hand-crafted from scratch by our team of in-house Journey Planners to make sure you are not only visiting the best destinations, but at the best time to experience them.

For us, it’s not just about where we go but how we take you there. We put as much time into planning scenic cruising as we do in choosing the destinations themselves. On board, our Signature Experiences showcase the history, culture, nature and flavours of the destinations you’ll visit – from Treats of the Region, where you can enjoy local delicacies, to our Sky at Sea star-gazing sessions where you can relax with a hot toddy out on deck while our astronomer talks you through the night sky.

Plus, with each ship carrying 1,300 guests or less, our ships are small enough for us to offer a warm, friendly and personal service where nothing is ever too much trouble, as we visit a host of exciting ports in every corner of the globe.

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