A DEDICATED volunteer for Victoria Hospice in Kirkcaldy has been honoured for over a decade of service.
Dinah McKendrick, known as Diane, was presented with the prestigious Order of Mercy by Lord Lingfield, president of the League of Mercy Foundation which was set up to honour the work of volunteers in all walks of life.
Lord Lingfield paid tribute to Diane’s “extraordinary work for the welfare of others”.
Mrs McKendrick (70), who lives in The Glens, Kirkcaldy, began raising funds for the hospice 12 years ago, following the death of her husband. After learning that the service was looking for drivers to take people to and from the facility, she began volunteering.
She said: “Over the last 10 years I have been involved with many different aspects of volunteering at the hospice including reception work and volunteer driving, clocking up more than 74,000 miles for the hospice.
“Volunteering is very rewarding – you get a real sense of fulfilment. It’s good to know that you’re being useful and you realise just how much the families appreciate the support that we provide, as well as the patients.
“There’s a great community spirit amongst the volunteers, a real sense of camaraderie, with many friendships developing over the years.
“I’d encourage people to think about volunteering, it keeps you active and there are opportunities to help out in lots of areas, not just the hospice.”
Mrs McKendrick was accompanied to the award ceremony at the Mansion House in London by Dr Clive Preston, consultant in palliative medicine and lead cancer clinician.
Dr Preston said: “All of us at the Victoria Hospice are very grateful for all the time and effort Diane has given to our patients. We are very pleased she has received this award and are very proud of her.”
Lord Lingfield added: “She is a marvellous example of someone who has given wonderful service to her community.”
>> For further information on volunteering opportunities throughout NHS Fife visit www.nhsfife.org.