THE efforts of a supermarket worker and Galashiels “stalwart” have been recognised at Scottish Parliament.

Nola Milne, community champion at the town’s Asda, won praise for her hard work and positive contribution to life in the Borders.

Nola, who has worked at the supermarket for six years, connects the store to local groups to help channel funding where it is needed most - including coordinating grants from the Asda Foundation.

Carol Mochan, a Labour MSP for the South Scotland region, lodged a motion in parliament to recognise Nola’s efforts.

“Constituents have been quick to tell me about the passion Nola has for her community and her dedication to the role,” said Ms Mochan. “I am pleased that this has been highlighted in the Scottish Parliament and that the motion has been signed by MSPs from across the country.”

Nola said the motion meant a lot to her.

She added: “I’m extremely proud to have received this recognition, my job is varied from day to day, and I genuinely love my job.”

On her role, she said: “I work closely with local grassroots organisations to support them with grant applications.

“So far in 2024 I have supported various groups applying for grants, including local school Lauder Primary School’s parent council with its application for £1,600 to allow them to transfer its outdoor space in the school to a safe and exciting learning space.”

Nola has also contributed significantly to the local community through fundraising efforts.

“Last year we raised over £3,000 for Tickled Pink, Asda’s breast cancer charity, and over £1,000 for BBC Children in Need, so we’re already thinking of ways to beat those targets this year,” said Nola. “I also coordinated a donation of £17,000 worth of Asda school uniforms to 15 local schools.”

Mark Thomson, general store manager in Galashiels said: “We’re all so proud of Nola, she’s an outstanding colleague and a stalwart in the local community and beyond. She brings so much joy and happiness to the job and those around her.

“She is making such a huge difference and deserves all the recognition. From helping the local community, schools and assisting with community clean up events - there is nothing too much trouble for Nola with regards to helping others and making people’s lives better wherever she goes.”