A GLASGOW MSP has called on the Scottish Parliament to praise an Evening Times Community Champion who has volunteered for more than seven decades.

Labour MSP Anne McTaggart has lodged a motion in Holyrood to congratulate Kate Semple, 92, of Yoker, on her win at this month's ceremony, which honoured inspirational people from West and Central Glasgow.

Mrs Semple, who has carried out her volunteering despite having prosthetic legs for the past eight years, was given the Senior Award, along with Eric Flack, 72, at a ceremony in Glasgow University Student Union.

The pair were two of the many groups and individuals who were celebrated at the August 17 event.

Ms McTaggart nominated the great-grandmother for her "outstanding" work in helping young people, the elderly, as well as people with disabilities.

Mrs Semple still hosts the Yoker Craft Group every Wednesday and helps out with groups at Yoker Parish Church.

The Holyrood motion calls on MSPs to congratulate her and wishes her luck for the Glasgow-wide final of the Community Champion Awards in December.

Ms McTaggart said: "I have known of Kate's work since I was a community development worker and was astonished to find she had been volunteering for more than 70 years.

"Kate has proven herself to be a role model, working with people of all ages in varied groups and organisations.

"I am delighted her story is being shared through winning this award and hope it inspires others to volunteer."

The MSP said the Community Champion Awards were a "brilliant way of recognising the unsung heroes in our communities".

She added: "These people are a true reflection of our city: enterprising, enthusiastic and ever striving to make their community a better place.

"Their stories are heart-warming and encourage others to seek ways to get involved in their area, which is why the awards are so necessary: they get these inspirational stories heard."

rachel.loxton@ heraldandtimes.co.uk