I’ve always lived in Cambridgeshire, training as an SRN at Old Addenbrooke’s Hospital, and worked as a staff nurse and sister at the new Addenbrooke’s and Papworth.
I married in 1965 and gave up nursing when my elder daughter was born, But I became a carer with three small children. Once the children were all at school, I completed my District Nurse and practical work training.
I was a District Nursing Sister in Cambridge when Care Network started, and with all the changes in health and social care since then I realise how important Care Network is in providing volunteers to help older, isolated and vulnerable people maintain their independence. Thus I hope that my experience may be valuable to Care Network Cambridgeshire as a Trustee
In 1990 I left district Nursing, obtained teaching qualifications and became the Tutor for NVQ Care Programmes based at Cambridge Regional College but working for Cambridge Health Authority.
I was a Trustee of Carers Trust from 1998 to 2014, chairman for the last 3 years. I have looked after my own parents, my in-laws and neighbours. Today I am a Carer Ambassador for Carers Trust, volunteer as a flower arranger and Dementia Champion at Arthur Rank House.
I am an active member of the community. I go to the gym and play tennis and am a member of a local Church & the WI. I am pleased to be a trustee of Care Network Cambridgeshire and look forward to seeing what the future brings.