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Clyde shipyard worker receives MBE

Willie McLachlan MBE
Glasgow, United Kingdom: A Clyde shipyard worker who has raised over £1.4 million for good causes has received an MBE for his commitment and service to charity.

Willie McLachlan, a Safety, Health and Environmental Advisor at BAE Systems, has devoted the past 30 years to raising funds and giving time to a number of charitable organisations close to his heart.  Starting his career on the Clyde in 1976, Willie splits his time between his day job and leading the company's charitable and fundraising activity at the Scotstoun and Govan yards.

On being made a Member of the British Empire Willie commented: “Charitable work has become a way of life for me, whether it’s organising a fundraising event or devoting time to help with projects. Meeting the people who benefit from donations, no matter how small or large, and seeing the difference we can make to those who are less fortunate makes it all worthwhile. I’m overwhelmed to be recognised in this way and feel very honoured and grateful.”

Over the years, Willie has organised hundreds of fundraising events, from golf tournaments and abseils to charity cycles and auctions, both outside of work and in his role as Charity Challenge Coordinator at BAE Systems. As part of this, he is currently leading a two year fundraising campaign for Erskine, encouraging the workforce on the Clyde to raise over £40,000 for the charity and making it one of the company’s most successful campaigns to date.

Willie, 57 from Cumbernauld, was awarded the accolade in this year’s New Year Honours List and travelled to Buckingham Palace with his wife Jacqui to receive his award.

Issued by:
BAE Systems, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 6YU, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 384719 Fax: +44 (0) 1252 383947
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Ref: 223/2011