Meet Margaret, one of Strathcarron's inspirational Women in a series of interviews to mark International Women's Day. 

Margaret has worked with our wonderful team of fundraisers for over 11 years. The dedication to her role comes only a close second to the kindness she displays to not only her team, but everyone that she meets.

If there is a card or homemade chocolate muffin on your desk, you just know that Margaret’s made that, just for you – to make you smile.

Margaret would love you to join our 41st birthday celebrations by hosting your own Big Birthday Tea Party! Fundraise for your hospice and help us care for people when and where they need us most.

Think afternoon tea, coffee mornings, home-baking, bake-off style competitions, quizzes or fancy dress. Sign up today for your FREE Fundraising Pack with cake toppers, balloons and more.


What are the 3 main things you do at Strathcarron?   

I am part of an amazing team and I help to log donations, grants, funding, this comes in a lot of different ways from imports, banking, receiving cheques and coinage and by helping to reconcile the data then each month I assist in the process of claiming Gift Aid on behalf of supporter's donations within the fundraising department.

On a daily basis I love listening and talking to supporters on the telephone, I always offer a listening ear and every telephone call is different and very special. 

I multi-task, not one day is ever the same, our department is a very hands-on department and we take a lot of pride in helping to make a difference for our patients and their families from planning current events and talking about future events.


Who's the most interesting person you've ever met?   

This was a dear and late friend called Angela. (I met Angela through Strathcarron Hospice befriending service and we bonded straight away). After a few weeks of getting to know each other, it honestly felt like we had known each other for years. We caught up every week and towards the end of Angela’s life, I thanked herself for just being herself and for sharing her life stories with me.  

What would be your super power?     

If I was given a super power, it was of course be flying. 

What has been your best ever Strathcarron day or memory at work and why?                                     

My very best Strathcarron day /memory at work was back in September 2020, very different times as we were six months into the pandemic. I was asked from the ward if I would mind popping down to take some photographs as reception had managed to get approval to have the Spitfire to do a fly over of Strathcarron Hospice.  

Sitting behind the patients, snapping away, listening to the chat, the excitement, giggles and the patients having sip of their favourite tipple was truly magical. Being in the background is what I love best and having the patients turning their heads to give me a smile and thumbs up was truly wonderful, one special day I shall never forget.