We would like to pay tribute to a long standing, dedicated member of our Clinical Team, Anne Marshall who is retiring from Hospice at Home West Cumbria after many years of dedication and commitment within our home nursing team.
We’d like to thank Anne for allowing us to share her journey with Hospice at Home West Cumbria, and for her many years of care and compassion within our Home Nursing Team.
Anne Marshall was born in Whitehaven and apart from the years during her nurse training, has lived in the Bootle/Millom area.
Anne left school at sixteen to do a pre-nursing course at Barrow College. In 1978, she commenced her State Registered Nurse training in Preston. Anne’s first post as a staff nurse was on the Accident and Emergency ward at the Preston Royal. In 1982, after marriage, she returned to live in Cumbria and worked at the High Carley Hospital near Ulverston.
Between having her two children, Anne worked nights at the Furness General and in 1990 she moved closer to home to work as a staff nurse in Kirkstanton Care Centre.
In 1991, Anne joined the Millom District Nursing team as a staff nurse and in September 1995, she commenced training for her District Nursing degree in Newcastle. From 1996 until 2015, Anne worked as a District Nursing Sister in Whitehaven, Millom and Seascale.
During her years as a district nurse, Anne was passionate about providing good end of life care and during the early 1990’s she also worked on the bank for Hospice at Home West Cumbria (HHWC). When she retired from District Nursing in 2015, Anne joined the nursing bank for HHWC and her calm, compassionate care has been very much appreciated by patients and families, especially in the Millom area. There have been many phone calls into the office from family members who said they didn’t know how they would have managed without Anne and that her presence made all the difference.
Anne’s many years of experience in the community have been a tremendous asset to HHWC and she will be greatly missed now she is retiring from forty-two years in the nursing profession.
Anne will most definitely not be idle in retirement. She has played Crown Green Bowling for thirty years and is the club secretary. She also sings with the Phoenix Singers in Millom. Anne is an enthusiastic gardening assistant and this tribute would not be complete without a mention of her legendary gingerbread, which has been a much loved treat at our nursing support groups and in our office in Workington Hospital.
Anne is looking forward to spending more time with her family and she will still continue to fundraise for HHWC.
Thank you Anne for the gingerbread but above all, a very big thank you for your dedication and commitment to HHWC and we wish you a long and well- deserved retirement.
We will leave the final word to Anne
‘It has been a great honour and I am extremely thankful for having the opportunity to work for such a fantastic organisation for the past five years. I would like to give a special mention to all the wonderful colleagues that I have met in the past and present and would like to wish them and the organisation, all the best for the future.’