Thursday, 23 September 2021

Former hospice staff remember 30 years of care

A REUNION was held for former staff of the Sue Ryder hospice at Nettlebed.

A REUNION was held for former staff of the Sue Ryder hospice at Nettlebed.

About 60 people who had worked there over the past three decades attended a drinks reception and lunch at Bix Manor.

It was organised by Gill Sanderson, who worked there as a sister from 1989 until retiring in 2013, and Irene Manson, who worked there as a physiotherapist for more than 20 years. Guests turned up from across the country and included Avril Moat, the first matron when the healthcare centre opened in 1978.

There were also four display boards with old photographs and cuttings from the Henley Standard depicting the history of the hospice.

Ms Sanderson, who lives in Emmer Green, said it was an opportunity for the former staff to reminisce and swap stories from their time there.

She said: “A lot of it was chatting about what people did and what they are doing now with a welcome reception and a two-course meal. We were absolutely delighted with how many people who came and the number of thank-yous we have had. I believe it was a success.”

Ms Sanderson added: “It was just a lovely event and the weather was wonderful.”

Before the First World War the hospice was part of the Fleming family estate, which was best-known as the home of Ian Fleming, the author of the James Bond novels, but it was bought by the Government which used the building to train nurses.

After the war, the running costs became too expensive so it was put up for sale and was bought by Lady Ryder.

The hospice provides specialist palliative care for people with advanced life-limiting conditions in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

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