16th Apr, 2021

Redditch hospital hero Joan retires at age of 91

A DEDICATED volunteer who has given up her free time to help the Alexandra Hospital League of Friends for 28 years has been thanked for all her work.

Joan Terry, aged 91, had been helping the antenatal clinic team before a hip injury forced her to announce she would be retiring from her volunteer role.

As a thank-you for all her hard work and dedication to the clinic, midwife Lisa Gardner and her team arranged an afternoon tea party in Joan’s honour.

Held in the new antenatal clinic at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Joan was surprised with cards, flowers, home-baked cake and a certificate to say thank-you.

Cathy Garlick, director of operations for Women and Children’s Division, and Andrew Short, divisional medical director for Women and Children’s, were there to present the certificate and pass on their personal thanks.

Cathy said: “We want to express our thanks for Joan’s long and dedicated service. She will be greatly missed by all the staff and patients in antenatal. Thank you Joan.”

Lisa Gardner added: “Joan has been an invaluable member of our team for the last 28 years. It is thanks to the League of Friends and the valuable time that volunteers like Joan give, that leads to the smooth running of our department and the hospital.”

The League of Friends also presented her with some gift vouchers in thanks for her dedication and service.

Joan said: “I have enjoyed my time as part of the Antenatal Clinic team and I am overwhelmed, very touched and lost for words by the afternoon tea party held in my honour.”

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