Eva re­tires from ad­vo­cacy ser­vice af­ter 19 years

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS - Kathie Grif­fiths ed­i­tor@camp­bel­town­courier.co.uk

One of Kin­tyre’s busiest vol­un­teers, Eva Mac­Don­ald, is re­tir­ing from Lomond and Ar­gyll Ad­vo­cacy Ser­vice af­ter al­most two decades. Col­leagues from the ser­vice or­gan­ised a sur­prise party for her at their Hazel­burn Busi­ness Park of­fice in Camp­bel­town on Tues­day to say thank you. The ad­vo­cacy ser­vice of­fers one-to-one help for peo­ple need­ing as­sis­tance to have their voice heard on is­sues from hous­ing to health and so­cial care. Al­though the 81-year-old is step­ping down from her case work re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, she will still be on its board of di­rec­tors. ‘I’m slow­ing down a bit but I’m not stop­ping my com­mu­nity work. ‘When you get older, you must keep ac­tive if you are fit and able to do so. ‘That’s my phi­los­o­phy in life,’ she said. And Mrs Mac­Don­ald added: ‘This is my 19th year with the ad­vo­cacy ser­vice. ‘I came into it right at its be­gin­ning. I must have helped hun­dreds of peo­ple over that time. ‘I’ve had a lot of job sat­is­fac­tion. It must be from my nurs­ing days. ‘Noth­ing touches me more than a thank you for to­day.’ Mrs Mac­Don­ald’s life­time of nurs­ing and vol­un­tary ser­vices was recog­nised in 2007 with the pre­sen­ta­tion of her MBE at Buck­ing­ham Palace. Af­ter 33 years, she is still a vol­un­teer with Kin­tyre Crime Preven­tion Panel and was its chair­woman for 14 of them. In ad­di­tion, she also has 16 years un­der her belt so far with Vic­tim Sup­port Scot­land and the Court Wit­ness Ser­vice. Lomond and Ar­gyll Ad­vo­cacy Ser­vice area co-or­di­na­tor for Kin­tyre Lind­say Gif­fen added: ‘There are big shoes to fill now that Eva is leav­ing us. ‘We de­pend a lot on our vol­un­teers. ‘We’ve got a small team of them but we are al­ways look­ing for other peo­ple to come and join us.’ Do you think you can help? Call 01586 553428 to find out more in­for­ma­tion or email ad­min.ar­gyll@laas.org.uk

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Lomond and Ar­gyll Ad­vo­cacy Ser­vice’s co-or­di­na­tor for Kin­tyre Lind­say Gif­fin, on the left, says thank you to vol­un­teer Eva Mac­Don­ald af­ter 19 years’ ser­vice. Also pic­tured is the ser­vice’s Ar­gyll team leader Ailsa McCrae.

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