Josephine Wylie


Annan, Scotland

Josephine Wylie with Helen Smith of BenendenJosephine, known as Joyce, was inspired to help and increase knowledge of kidney disease over 40 years ago when her elder sister became seriously ill. It was following this diagnosis that Joyce began her fundraising career for Kidney Research. In 1995, Joyce embarked on a 22-year involvement with the community council helping to encourage the growth of local talent and improve the town’s image.

As well as the community council, Joyce has been involved in the Rotary Club and other organising committees within the area. Parallel to this work, Joyce opened and ran a local charity shop called Help the Children. Joyce ran the shop for 10 years, with the help of 23 volunteers.

The money raised from the shop was donated to the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS). Joyce also distributed collecting tins around the town and at the golf club and the tins and shop combined raised almost £50,000 for CHAS. Joyce was one of the pioneers that helped to establish and develop the Eastriggs and Gretna heritage centre almost 20 years ago, which later became known as Devils Porridge Museum.

The museum, which is a three-star Visit Scotland Attraction, moved to a new building earlier this year and was officially opened in May by HRH Princess Anne. Joyce, who is also a trustee at the museum, volunteers actively on a weekly basis and will get involved in all fun days and fundraising activities. As well as dedicating her time to the local community and charities, Joyce has supported the less fortunate in Nepal and Afghanistan.

Nominated by Neil Macintyre