Local nurse, Peigi Macleod, recently returned from a remarkable day at Buckingham Palace, where she was presented with an MBE for services to nursing and services to patients with Motor Neurone Disease in Scotland.
Peigi, the Diabetes Nurse Specialist for NHS Western Isles, was a driving force (alongside her late husband) in establishing the Scottish Motor Neurone Disease Association. Peigi spent years caring for her husband, John, who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease at a young age.
Peigi has also worked for many years as Diabetes Nurse Specialist for NHS Western Isles; another reason she was nominated for an MBE.
Peigi attended Buckingham Palace on November 7. She described the day as “truly remarkable, full of mixed emotions”.
“Princess Anne was very interested in my current nursing role in the Western Isles,” said Peigi. “She was keen to know why the incidence of diabetes was rising globally, and enquired what my role was in the service with patients in the Western Isles.
“As Patron of Motor Neurone Disease Scotland, she was aware of my association with, and continuing interest in, the work of this charity.”
Peigi added: “It was a wonderful day where I met many people who have given so much to their own communities. It was an honour to be there – a very special day for me and my family. Thank you to all who nominated me for this investiture.”