Solicitor Peter Aitken, from Lundin Links, has been awarded the prestigious Order of the League of Mercy for his 16 years of volunteering at the Victoria Hospice in Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Hospital.
Peter (pictured) is always on call to provide hospice patients and their families with free, professional, finance and legal advice, at what can be a very sensitive time.
He takes great care, compassion and empathy with those he helps, giving people peace of mind at a time when many need it most.
Teri Perry, volunteer service manager for the Victoria Hospice, said: “I am so proud to have Peter as part of our team. He is a people’s person and has a gift for making others feel valued, thereby putting them at ease.
“His calm and gentle approach help him to connect with patients quickly, which is an important asset, as time is of the essence for some of the patients he helps who are in the hospice for end of life care.”
Peter also works in the hospice at the weekends, helping and supporting staff and welcoming people coming in to the Hospice. He and his wife bring their two Golden Retrievers occasionally to the hospice. As a dog obedience judge, he does small demonstrations with the animals, which the patients all enjoy.
Peter, who is also the chairman of Largo Area Community Council, attended the recent award ceremony in London, where Sir Robert Balchin presented him with his award.