Every week we feature great work done in our communities by so many people. So, we unveil the 40 Fifers who, in our view, made a difference in 2015. It’s our way of recognising their achievements – and saying thank you.
• Vicki Lister, Kirkcaldy, campaigner
What started as a practical joke to lift the spirits of her best friend diagnosed with breast cancer quickly spiralled into a serious campaign to promote public awareness of the disease. The ‘bra bunting’ which hung from lamp posts attracted national interest and support, and also galvanised an often troubled community into striving for wider social improvements.
• Linda Cormie, Kirkcaldy, charity co-ordinator
Brainchild behind the primary schools Glee competition raising money for the Vic’s children’s ward. It’s proved so successful that it has now spread beyond Fife.
• Ally Gourlay, Hall of Fame & inspirational speaker
He handled a terminal diagnosis of cancer with humour, honesty and a determination to live life to the full. His many highlights include co-hosting our Hall of Fame ... and presenting his own memorial golf trophy!
• Alice Soper, Kirkcaldy, Growing Kirkcaldy volunteer
As chairman Alice was instrumental in the group, which aims to improve the look of the town, being named as finalists in Britain in Bloom 2015.
• Ken Dalton, St Andrews, business leader
One of Scotland’s leading businessmen now turned successful restaurateur,this year Ken led the successful attempt to establish a BID in St Andrews.
• Kyffin Roberts, St Andrews, community champion
Thanks to the efforts of the Friends of Craigtoun Park, led by Kyff, the park is now well on the way back to former glory.
• Barbro Scott, St Andrews, lifeboat fundraiser
Almost 50 years of fundraising for the RNLI was recognised this year when the organisation bestowed its highest award, making her an Honorary Life Governor.
• Amanda McFarlane, Bow of Fife, FCCT chief executive
Named Fife’s Regional Ambassador in the Scottish Thistle tourism awards, Amanda continues to drive the work of Fife Coast and Countryside Trust.
• John Matthews, St Andrews, twinning campaigner
Years of work bore fruit this year when John signed St Andrews first twinning agreement. John is also chairman of the town’s Preservation Trust.
• Brynja Duthie, St Andrews, Madras College pupil
The 14-year-old kickstarted a now annual charity campaign to fund research into MND and support beloved teacher Mr ‘G’ Grewar who was diagnosed with the disease. Brynja is pictured right.
• Jackie Storrar, Kirkcaldy, country music star
Inducted into the British Country Hall of Fame for a career dedicated to raising the profile of country music in Fife, Scotland and beyond.
• Elaine Wyllie, Burntisland, teacher
Awarded Teacher of the Year at Pride of Britain for pioneering the Daily Mile, a scheme to ensure regular exercise is undertaken by primary school pupils.
• Lauren Daly, Glenrothes, refugee volunteer
Instrumental in setting up and coordinating Fife’s considerable response to the refugee crisis and getting donations to those in need in Calais.
• Dave Paton, Leven, motorcycle club volunteer
Committed to combatting illegal off-road biking by providing children with an interest in motorcycles with a safe environment to practice their hobby in the area.
• Eleanor Livingstone, St Andrews, StAnza Director
For five years Eleanor has driven StAnza to achieve its ambition to become an international poetry festival attracting star names from across the globe.
• Stephen Sinclair, St Andrews, Byre Theatre
When the Byre closed in 2013, Stephen continued to work to keep the theatre alive before a rescue package saw him appointed General Manager.
• Blair Denwette, West Wemyss, Buckhaven Beehive
A volunteer development worker at the increasingly well-known arts venue, Blair also became president of Levenmouth Twinning Association, re-establishing Levenmouth’s town links with Europe.
• Liza Quin, Methil, founder-chairman
Liza formed Levenmouth branch of Autism Rocks (Fife), supporting families affected by autism. This year, it won a community charity award found premises for practical activities.
• Amanda Scott, Kennoway, campaign chairman
No Knives In Fife, founded by Amanda, takes an educational approach against knife crime, while supporting affected families. In 2015, she collected a volunteer of the year award.
• Shirley Faichney, Methilhill, group leader
A Greener Together award in 2015 was among the latest accolades for Methilhill Community Children’s Initiative, headed by Shirley, which is committed to the area’s younger residents.
• Eleanor Bowman MBE, Anstruther, charity co-ordinator
Since 1989 Eleanor’s East Neuk Wheelchair Appeal has raised over £500,000 for powered wheelchairs, scooters, recliners and manual chairs for people with mobility needs.
• Bert Hannah, Kirkcaldy, war research
Well known in his community, Bert researched the life story of Buckhaven’s Victoria Cross recipient Robert Dunsire, whose gallantry in WWI was officially commemorated in 2015.
• Peter Scobie, Glenrothes, community council chairman
As well as overseeing Pitteuchar, Stenton and Finglassie CC, Peter devotes his spare time to holding drop-in surgeries and help mornings devoted to helping residents.
• David Nelson, Glenrothes, Auchmuty & Dovecot Tenants Association
The driving force behind the independent group who support the local community, especially the elderly and vulnerable. They provide furniture, food parcels and practical help.
• Sheena Cochrane, Glenrothes, businesswoman
After hearing about fundraising efforts to help a local Muscular Dystrophy sufferer, Sheena, through her company, donated £9000 to purchase the necessary medical equipment.
• Lisa Cathro, St Andrews, businesswoman
From popular cafe Zest, Lisa has extended into training, particularly adults with special needs and offenders. She has just been elected to the BID board.
• Grant Foster, Kirkcaldy, Kings Theatre Kirkcaldy Ltd
The driving force behind plans to revive the former ABC cinema building on Kirkcaldy High Street and transform it into Fife’s biggest live entertainment venue.
• Spike, Cupar, Hearing Dog for the Deaf
Spike and his owner, Ken Scott, travel throughout Scotland to raise awareness of the Hearing Dogs charity. Spike, a cockapoo, is now 12 years old and due to retire next year.
• Mary Law, Cupar, chairman of Cupar in Bloom
Mary has worked tirelessly for Cupar in Bloom for many years and in 2015 steered the group to its finest horticultural victory yet - a gold medal in the prestigious Britain in Bloom competition.
• Wynne Harley, Ceres, Fife Folk Museum
Wynne retired in 2015 as chairwoman of Fife Folk Museum, having overseen a massive extension project.
• Gordon Aikman, Kirkcaldy, charity campaigner
Gordon has raised over £500,000 for research into Motor Neurone Disease after being diagnosed with the condition at the age of 29.
• Douglas Clement, Kingsbarns, whisky distiller
Dream became reality for Douglas in 2015, when Kingsbarns Distillery started production. It quickly became a popular tourist attraction.
• Allen Armstrong, Buckhaven, environmental campaigner
Instrumental in the success of CLEAR, Buckhaven’s own environmental project, Allen is also a vociferous campaigner for the restoration of the Levenmouth rail link.
• Gary Ovenstone, St Andrews, park runner
The inspirational local man for national initiative ParkRun, held every week at Craigtoun Park, has seen numbers regularly reach 100 - hitting 170 on Christmas Day.
• Christine May, Kirkcaldy, retired politician
After helping to relaunch Kirkcaldy’s refurbished Prom in style, Christine helped bring the Beach Highland Games to the town’s Sands which proved a huge hit.
• Pauline Buchan, service manager at The Cottage Family Centre, Kirkcaldy
Pauline organised the annual Cottage Festive Appeal which brought food, gifts and clothing to children in more than 750 families in Kirkcaldy and surrounding area.
• Ron Edwards, Kinghorn, environmentalist
Ron is chairman of Craigencalt Rural Environmental Trust which has helped revive the Kinghorn Loch area for use by the community. He was instrumental in rebuilding the paths network in the area.
• Tom Moffat, West Wemyss, local historian
Tom, an authority on mining history in the Fife, runs and funds raises for the West Wemyss Heritage Centre single-handed.
• Bobby Tomlinson, Cardenden, local resident
Set up the Santa Train in the village this Christmas giving all the local children the chance to meet Santa, his elves and reindeer.
• Jan Kerr, Lundin Links, charity campaigner
Jan is trustee and secretary of Homelands Trust-Fife, this year celebrating the first anniversary of opening four accessible holiday lodges in Lundin Links.