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Airdrie woman's OBE for distinguished 40-year career in maternity education

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Airdrie resident Helene Marshall earned a royal seal of approval as she was appointed OBE in recogntion of her four decades of distinguished service to maternity care and education.She has been inundated with messages of congratulations since her honour was announced in the Queen’s new year list, and is now looking forward to a palace investiture later this year.First though, she had to keep her honour secret for more than a month before she and husband Tom were able to share the surprise with adult children Hamish, Sarah and Iona at a special party on Hogmanay.The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now.

Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android Helene told Lanarkshire Live: “The response has been fantastic – it was a nice surprise for the family when I told them and then I had hundreds of calls, messages and social media comments and retweets, which was really nice.“My phone was so busy on new year’s day as people found out that I had to put it in another room for a while!“I’m really delighted, especially to have heard from so many different people; I was congratulated by somebody who said they did their very first maternity delivery with me, and I’ve had lots of nice messages from ambulance colleagues and others I’ve helped train over the years.”Helene trained as a nurse in 1977 – working her first ward shift on Christmas day that year – and then

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