Care worker Caroline says her farewells

Caroline is pictured with service manager Russell Meddins and service user Moira Carmichael.
Caroline is pictured with service manager Russell Meddins and service user Moira Carmichael.

AN ELLON care worker has retired - and is turning her focus on a major fundraising event for a cancer charity.

Caroline Doherty has called it a day after 12 years with ILS, the community-based ‘care at home’ company.

To mark the occasion, she was presented with gifts and flowers by ILS service manager Russell Meddins at the firm’s Ellon office.

Caroline, 65, said: “I’ve really enjoyed working among people in the local community and have gained immense satisfaction from my job.

“A little bit of help can go a long way towards maintaining an independent lifestyle, and this is where care at home services can really help.

She added: “Really getting to know the people I’ve worked with and helping them to have a better quality of life has been fantastic and so rewarding – it has been the best part of the job.

“In many ways, I’m sad to be to be retiring, especially as it means leaving a local lady I’ve worked with on a one-to-one basis for several years, and I will really miss her. But I’m looking forward to my retirement years and having some time to myself and my family.”

ILS Scotland is a major, long-established provider of care across Scotland, working in partnership with local authorities.

Mr Meddins said he had been extremely impressed with Caroline’s commitment and dedication to her clients and to the company.

He added: “The fact that she stayed with us for so long has meant that the people she has supported locally were able to enjoy continuous care from someone they knew well and had great trust in. It’s really important for us to recognise the employees who deliver this service and make a huge difference to people’s lives. Caroline is a great example to us all.”

Caroline won’t be putting her feet up just yet, however, as she is now arranging a major fundraising event for Cancer Research UK, in memory of her elder son Neil who lost his life to cancer six years ago.

She has a dedicated team of helpers, including husband John, as well as her younger son Martin and his wife Linda, who also live locally.

Caroline hopes to raise £5,000 from a dance being held in Ellon on August 16. Derek Ryan, one of the biggest stars of Irish Country music has been booked, and she is aiming to enlist the help of a DJ from a local radio station.

She said: “It will be a great night, and it’s all in a good cause, so please support us if you can.”