Four nurses in the South West of England have received a special award from the Royal College of Nursing for their long standing contribution to the nursing profession.
All four joined the RCN in 1952. They are Ms Edna Bird from Chippenham in Wiltshire, Ms Mary Bonner from Sidmouth in Devon, Ms Doreen Haywood CBE from Bruton in Somerset and Ms Dorothy Sykes from Redruth in Cornwall.
The awards formed part of the Queen’s Jubilee year celebrations in 2012, to honour “diamond nurses” that had contributed 60 years to the nursing profession.
Jeannett Martin, director for the RCN South West region, visited each of the nurses to give them their award and a gift of a commemorative paperweight and a letter from the RCN president to thank them for their contribution to nursing.
She said: “It was really inspiring to listen to their stories from their nursing years.
“It was abundantly clear to me that during their careers they had made a significant contribution to nursing and patient care, and they continue to be inspiration to nurses all over the South West”.