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Blantyre Nurse Receives British Empire Medal
A staff nurse from Blantyre was presented with her British Empire Medal award after being named in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.
Dorothy Watson, who works in ward three at Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride, was honoured for her services to health care and charity. The married mum-of-two attended a special ceremony where she was joined by other Lanarkshire recipients as well as South Lanarkshire Provost Eileen Logan, Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire Mushtaq Ahmad and other dignitaries.
Later this year, on July 15, Dorothy will attend the Queen’s Garden Party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh where she will meet Her Majesty the Queen.
Dorothy, of Victoria Street, explained: “I got the shock of my life when I read that I was to receive the British Empire Medal. It was absolutely lovely and a real honour.
“We go to the garden party later in the year where we will meet Her Majesty. It’s all quite exciting.”
Having celebrated her 40th year in the health care profession just last year, Dorothy was nominated for the honour by colleague John Gilluley.
She added: “It was really lovely of John to nominate me, a real surprise and I’m very thankful.”
Dorothy raised over £1500 for the Erskine charity in 2014 by selling crochet poppies. She hopes to continue her charity work this year.
Provost Eileen Logan said of Dorothy’s award: “Any medal from the Queen is a great honour not easily won – the British Empire Medal is no exception.
“You are an example to us all of what can be done if you have the determination to help others and make a real difference.”