Medic Donna collects well-deserved MBE

Donna Hendry, centre, with brother John and sister Michelle
Donna Hendry, centre, with brother John and sister Michelle
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Leven health service worker Donna Hendry had a special engagement at the recent Royal Garden Party at Holyrood Palace.

Donna was in the capital to receive an MBE from the Queen, after being nominated in the New Year’s Honours List for her services to health care.

The best thing about this job is the people you meet

Donna Hendry

The Cowdenbeath-based professional is a paramedic team leader with the Scottish Ambulance Service and began her career back in 1994 at Leven ambulance station.

She was instrumental in setting up and maintaining a Healthy Working Lives (HWL) award for East Central Division of the Scottish Ambulance Service and continues to maintain accreditation for this prestigious status.

Her overall commitment and dedicated service to her job, over a long period of time, helped earn her the award nomination at the turn of 2015.

Donna has had a lifelong interest in fitness, health and wellbeing, and actively encourages others to enjoy the benefits.

The ex-Kirkland High School pupil started 21 years ago at the Leven station, mentored by team leader Alan McIntyre.

Early in 2012, she was promoted to paramedic team leader in Dunfermline, moving the following year to Cowdenbeath.

Heavily involved in staff health and wellbeing promotions, as well as her regular duties, Donna said she tried to be positive and enthusiastic about everything and that outlook was helped by a love of exercise and fitness, which could help people in many ways.

At the time her honour was confirmed, she told the Mail she was “chuffed to bits” and added: “The best thing about this job is the people you meet.

“You meet different types of people from all walks of life and you see them at their most vulnerable – and you get to help them.”

Donna, centre, is pictured above after receiving her medal with her brother John and sister Michelle.