A lifetime achievement award has been presented to a former nurse for her 65 years of service to Southampton University Hospitals.
Nellie Noyce has worked at the organisation – currently known as Southampton University Hospitals Trust – since 1943, except for a two year gap at Salisbury District Hospital during her 20s.
She has served as a midwife, paediatric nurse and ward sister. At 85 she still volunteers one day a week on the children’s ward where she worked until she retired.
Along with 65 other volunteers at Southampton General Hospital, she received a lifetime achievement award from the mayor of Southampton, John Trewby, on Monday.
She said: “I have seen the trust evolve from being what I would call a cottage hospital to what it is today and I take great pride and satisfaction in being part of that journey.”
She added: “My deep friendships with all the staff make my time here so special.”
Voluntary services manager Kim Sutton said: “We are very appreciative of her and we all want to say a big thank you for the commitment she has shown.”