THE tables were turned on hospital porter Kath Mudie last week when colleagues acknowledged her “heart of gold” at a presentation at the Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre, writes Janet Thomson.
For years Kath, a member of the Lippen Care Community Involvement Team, has organised fun events and fund-raising projects which have benefited her colleagues and raised thousands of pounds for the Strathmore Hospice. She is always the first to lend a hand when others are raising funds for various causes, so last week her colleagues gathered to pay tribute to her dedication over the years.
Kath’s career with the National Health service started 15 years ago at Forfar Infirmary and then Whitehills Hospital. Her community involvement started when she dressed up as the Easter Bunny and then Santa, bringing some cheer to patients as she visited the wards. Around five years ago Kath was given permission to start a shop for staff members which is stocked entirely with “unwanted goods” which are regularly donated. Her first sale raised over £600 and it is now a permanent feature at the centre. Staff often hand in unwanted items and further donations would be gratefully received at reception. All the proceeds go to Lippen Care to provide facilities for patients and their family in the Strathmore Hospice.
Marion Hood, Lippen Care manager said: “It doesn’t matter who is fund-raising, if Kath knows about it, she is the first to help. She has such a lovely personality, everyone loves Kath; she has a heart of gold.”
As a token of their appreciation, staff members gathered to present flowers which were handed over by Lynn Ritchie.