To guide her she kept a copy of Florence Nightingale's Notes on Nursing on her desk.
She trained at the St Thomas's Hospital, where she became casualty sister.
She was a trustee as well as a client of the charity Dogs for the Disabled.
She had two disability dogs herself, first Lennie, who worked with her for 10 years, and then Finn.
So I took three months out and, luckily, my promoter thought, 'She'll be fine if she takes a rest,' and kept all my tour dates in the diary.I remember that she had flowers on her fingernails." An ardent Scot who would have nothing to do with Sassenachs, a Macdonald who would have nothing to do with Campbells, thus married a South African Jew.(At 29 she became Britain's youngest health visitor).With her positive approach to her condition she took a master's degree in business administration at Aston University and transferred her campaigning zeal to organisations helping other patients.She went in her wheelchair to collect for the Multiple Sclerosis Society at the local supermarket and to present a petition at 10 Downing Street as part of her advocacy for Dignity in Dying, on whose behalf she made numerous media appearances.She has me in hysterics from the minute we get in the van and has been with me right from the very beginning, 15 years now."In fact, when I was on the cruise ships I was just about to ring Sue and get her to come back as a duo when the film crew came on board and changed everything."Some things never change then, and Mc Donald likes it like that.I've got Daniel Pierce with us now, he's a phenomenal singer and a great percussionist. We all sat down together in London and both of them said to me, 'Why aren't you doing these songs?' "Then they put this medley together and I cried my eyes out when I heard it."I couldn't believe they were my songs."But still I thought, 'How is this going to go down in the show?"Thank goodness he had the foresight to do that."The turning point for Mc Donald came when Robinson signed up, along with arranger Robin Smith, who came direct from working with Tina Turner and Andrea Bocelli. "Then I went onto the internet and found out who their arrangers were and contacted them. I was gobsmacked, I expected them to say 'Who are you? Laughing she adds, "She's like that embarrassing auntie. the things that everybody knows me for, but I also have a brand new Stevie Wonder melody and, at last, a medley of my own songs at the end of the show," she says.Mc Donald remembers, "I knew I had to inject something a bit different into the show, so I asked myself who do I admire? '" Consequently, tomorrow's concert at the Greenside Place venue will be quite unlike any the singer has played there before."It's a completely new show," she promises. I've kept my two original guitarists but everybody else is new. "So it's a completely different vibe on stage and I hope audiences pick that up."Sue Ravey however, is not the only 'old' favourite in the show. Mc Donald admits that performing her own songs for the first time was a daunting experience. "It wasn't my idea," she's quick to point out."Barry and Robin sparked it off.