The founder of an Airdrie-based charity supporting survivors of childhood sexual abuse has won a Lifetime Achievement Award in the National Business Women’s Awards.
Sandra Brown of the Moira Anderson Foundation received the Gold Award at the ceremony in London. Her foundation is dedicated to the memory of Moira Anderson who was just 11 years old when she went missing in 1957. It’s believe that she was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and murdered, but her body was never found.
Airdrie and Shotts MP, Anum Qaisar, raised Ms Brown’s achievement in Parliament and asked that the Government dedicate time to a debate on the impact of missing people.
Ms Qaisar said:
“The story of the Moira Anderson Foundation is a tragic one but Sandra, and her team, have managed to take that memory and build something incredibly positive from it. Sandra really is a very hard-working lady and is hugely deserving of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
“I was delighted to be able to meet Sandra and their international ambassador, Matthew McVarish, while they were in London. The legacy of missing people is something which resonates with people from across the country and that's why I'll be submitting an application to hold a debate on missing people - so that we can hear stories, like Moira’s, and learn lessons from them.”
Ms Brown added:
"It was very worthwhile to accept Anum's kind invitation, enjoy a Westminster tour and watch PMQs. Even better was meeting several key politicians whom Anum wished to make aware of MAF's work. With her teaching experience, she is keen to do all she can to signpost our services for children and young people. We are glad of her genuine interest, and her warm congratulations on my award, which will now go on our website!"
You can read about the work of the Moira Anderson Foundation at www.moiraanderson.org.