A Burwell nurse hailed as one of the pioneering members of the country’s parish nursing movement has been honoured at a surprise retirement party.
The event was to mark more than a decade of service by parish nurse Sue Evans, the first person to be awarded an MBE for her services to the Christian charity.
She was joined by family, friends, and colleagues, at Ness Court in Burwell to hear messages of thanks for her work from the Bishop of Ely, the Rt Rev Stephen Conway and the Rev Dr Helen Wordsworth, chief executive of Parish Nursing Ministries UK who said Sue had been a “pioneer in developing the role of parish nurse” as well as supporting other nurses.
The Rev Dr Eleanor Williams, vicar of St Mary’s Burwell, said that as a parish nurse, Sue had contributed to many aspects of village life, particularly in her work with those with dementia, and their carers, at the drop In at Ness Court.
“I have been enormously grateful for Sue’s support, and for the way that she has taken so much initiative in offering pastoral care to so many, and will certainly miss her input, though am very pleased that she will continue to be part of our pastoral team,” she said.
The event was planned by Ely parish nurse, Claire Gillett, who read testimonies from parishioners Sue had helped.
The Diocese of Ely is now looking for more parishes to set up nursing schemes and can offer funding to help,