Nairn volunteer Judy McIntosh is honored by Highland Hospice after 35 years with the charity at the Long Service Awards

Judy McIntosh. Photo: Callum Mackay.

A long-time Nairn volunteer’s efforts over decades for a local charity have been recognized at an awards ceremony.

Judy McIntosh (80) has been a volunteer with Highland Hospice for 35 years and her contribution was recognized by the charity at their Long Service Awards event held at Inverness Town House last week.

Ms McIntosh first became involved with the charity when talks to open a new center in Nairn began. She started out as a receptionist and eventually, when the charity shop opened, she took on the role of team leader.

“When the store moved to a more business model and we had new tills, we needed a manager, so I took over the volunteer role in the store,” she said.

“It had to move. At the moment, I am very excited because we are planning to move to new premises on rue Léopold and I am really looking forward to seeing what it will look like.

“I love working with the Hospice. I love meeting new people and doing what I can for them. It’s all about the people who are cared for there. I had a family member who was supported with them, so what they do means a lot tome.”

She added that her caregivers at the hospice are “exceptional”.

“It’s one thing to work with patients who are recovering,” she said. “But doing what the nurses are doing there is just amazing.”

Ms McIntosh, originally from London, moved to Nairn over 50 years ago and worked as a part-time attendant at Rosebank Primary for 30 years.

“I’m a lifelong girl! Once I choose something, I stick with it.

“I was born in London but my mother and grandmother were from Nairn and I often traveled up north to visit them, and that’s where I met my husband.

“He worked in the Royal Navy so we traveled the world at first but when we had kids we decided to settle down, he wanted to go to London and I wanted to choose Nairn. Needless to say I I won!”

Andrew Leaver, Highland Hospice’s Fundraising and Development Manager, said: “A big thank you to Judy for her incredible contribution over the past 35 years, which has greatly contributed to the success of our Nairn shop. Judy has also been a wonderful fundraiser for the Hospice, including organizing several successful fashion shows and organizing Light up the Highlands in Nairn. Without the help of dedicated supporters, we wouldn’t be able to run like we do today, so we are extremely grateful to Judy for all she has done for such a long time. She really went above and beyond to support us.

He added: “We are delighted to be able to move our successful Nairn store to larger premises on Rue Léopold later this summer. We also hope to continue to operate our small shop with a focus on books and collectibles. We will be looking for volunteers to help run the two premises, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you think you can spare some time to help us. Please visit www.highlandhospice.org/volunteer for more information.


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