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NHS Fife has celebrated one of its longest serving volunteers with a special landmark birthday presentation.

Former nursery nurse Helen Hagan was joined by the NHS Fife Chairman, Allan Burns, Head of Nursing, Kathryn Brechin, and Volunteer Manager, Liz Nicol, where she was presented with a bouquet of flowers to celebrate her 90th birthday.

Helen, who lives in Kirkcaldy, has volunteered at the Victoria Hospital for 28 years and twice a week she gives up her time to help youngsters in the Children’s Unit as a Play Volunteer.

Helen takes particular satisfaction in supporting children and families from foreign backgrounds, where English may not be their native tongue.

NHS Fife Chairman, Allan Burns, said:

“I was delighted to be given the opportunity to celebrate Helen’s birthday and she is a fantastic example of not only what it means to be an exemplary volunteer, but also how to live your life to the fullest. Helen is well respected across the organisation and everywhere she goes she brings a ray of sunshine. We are very lucky to have her and so are the young patients in our Children’s Wards.”

Head of Nursing, Kathryn Brechin, added:

“Helen’s commitment, compassion and caring is an inspiration for volunteers, patients, visitors and staff alike, and I am delighted we have been able to share this birthday celebration with her. I would like to publicly extend our grateful thanks to Helen and to all our volunteers, who give up their time to improve the experience of people visiting our hospitals in Fife.”