Health award for Fife trio of volunteers

Margaret Bowie, Betty Watson and Isobel Martin, the 'Take Three Girls'
Margaret Bowie, Betty Watson and Isobel Martin, the 'Take Three Girls'

Three Fife volunteers scooped a top accolade at the Scottish Health Awards 2014 in recognition of their invaluable contribution to Scottish healthcare.

Isobel Martin, Betty Watson and Margaret Bowie, also known as the ‘Take Three Girls’, were awarded the Volunteer Award at the event held in Edinburgh last week for their work at Victoria Hospice in Kirkcaldy.

The group initially came together as part of a committee which worked alongside MacMillan and the NHS to raise funds to build the first ever purpose built hospice in Fife.

After this goal was achieved, they began volunteering at the hospice and continue to do so 18 years on.

The trio support patients by offering companionship, assisting with floral and art displays and caring for the wildlife in the hospice garden.

They have been praised for their enthusiasm, their caring manner and for bringing cheer to patients and family members.

Professor Scott McLean, NHS Fife director of nursing, said: “I am delighted to congratulate Isobel, Betty and Margaret on winning a Scottish Health Award.

“It’s wonderful their commitment to volunteering and making a positive difference in people’s lives has been recognised in this way.”

Isobel Martin said: “Volunteering in the Hospice is very important to me and I personally feel like I get a lot out of it.

“None of us expect to get much in the way of recognition for volunteering - we do it because we want to do it – but it’s nice to feel that through volunteering we can make a bit of a difference.”