A LOYAL hospital worker has celebrated 30 years of service at Andover War Memorial Hospital and says it is due to the community there which has made it so enjoyable to work at.

Stalwart Donna McCormack started working at Andover Hospital in 1988 and says she still enjoys the work particularly because of the community spirit.

She joined the hospital in 1988 as part of the catering department before moving into management of the portering and cleaning staff and then becoming the site-services coordinator in 2011, managing the day-to-day running of the hospital.

The 55-year-old, of King George Road, said: “It certainly doesn’t feel like I’ve been here 30 years. It’s gone really quickly and I think that is because I’ve really enjoyed it.

“The great thing about working here is that everyone works as a team, we are all in it together and help each other out with whatever needs doing. The hospital has a real community feel and is an important part of the local community as well.”

Donna won the Services Award at the Pride of Andover Awards in 2016.

She added: “The biggest highlight was definitely winning the Pride of Andover Award a couple of years ago. I’ve also been involved in some royal visits and the opening of the Countess of Brecknock Hospice was a real highlight as well.”

However Donna says that the best part of her job is the people who she comes into contact with and knows she is helping.

She added: “I enjoy the challenges, but most of all, I just like making patients, visitors and staff happy. If I can get something sorted and it makes things easier for somebody, that’s what I come to work for.”