Forfar NHS volunteer Jessie awarded for her service

Jessie with her award.
Jessie with her award.

Jessie Phillip from Forfar took third place in the volunteer category of the prestigious International Journal of Palliative Nursing Awards held in London.

Jessie was nominated for the award by Susan Hamill, Angus voluntary services manager with NHS Tayside, for her voluntary work at the Macmillan Daycare Centre at Stracathro Hospital and as a palliative care befriender for Lippen Care at Strathmore Hospice.

Susan said: “We felt Jessie deserved to be nominated for this prestigious award as, despite being 84 years old herself, she continues to volunteer and help others.

“Jessie has been volunteering for 18 years and is always warm, approachable, caring and genuine and takes time to really get to know the people she works with.”

Jessie journeyed to London with her daughter Gill to attend the glittering ceremony which was held in the Honourable Artillery Company where Jessie said she was treated like royalty.

On receiving her award, Jessie said: “I can’t believe it. I don’t think I’ve done anything special. I am blessed with good health so will continue to volunteer as long as I can drive. I enjoy volunteering. People think it must be depressing working in palliative care, but it’s a very relaxed atmosphere and we have a laugh playing games or just doing activities that the patients enjoy.”