Amanda is dedicated to keeping public healthy

Amanda McKenzie project co-ordinator of the smoking referal system in Portsmouth.
Amanda McKenzie project co-ordinator of the smoking referal system in Portsmouth.

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PROUD father Donald McKenzie wants everyone to know how hard his daughter works.

For nine years Amanda has served the community by working on different projects to help get people healthy.

Donald, 64, said: ‘My daughter’s had many different roles in the health department.

‘She’s worked with primary care trusts and Portsmouth City Council.

‘She’s always wanted to help others and work in the community, which is exactly what she has been doing.

‘She works very hard and the projects she has been involved in have made a difference to many people’s lives.

‘She has encouraged people to eat five fruit and veg a day and given help to stop smoking.

‘I’m very proud of her, which is why I’m putting her forward for this award.’

Amanda, of Peel Road, Gosport, has been nominated in our Unsung Hero category.

Amanda, 37, works as a healthchecks co-ordinator for NHS Hampshire.

She has previously worked as a project co-ordinator for Portsmouth City Council and worked on secondary care programmes and Health Pompey.

She said: ‘I’m very pleased to be nominated.

‘My dad has always supported me.

‘I love working for health promotions.

‘I do feel like I make a difference and I’m motivated by people’s success stories.

‘I know people who have given up smoking and people who have started exercising and getting healthier because of work I’ve been involved with.’

This year’s awards night, backed by radio station Wave 105, takes place on Friday, September 21, at Portsmouth Guildhall.

There’s still one final chance to nominate your health hero and make sure they get the praise and recognition they deserve.

Today is the last day for entries to be submitted – they can be dropped into one of our offices and forms can be completed online at portsmouth.co.uk.

A short list will be published in The News soon.

Details on how to buy tickets will also be given.