The longest serving member of staff at Derian House, nurse Fiona Andrews, will be retiring after 27 years of care at the hospice.
The much-loved nurse has spent more than a quarter of a century caring for poorly children.
Fiona has worked at Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley since the charity first opened its doors in 1993:
“I have seen lots of changes over the years, the refurbishment of the hospice in 2019 was a fantastic improvement.
“The sensory room is an amazing facility as well as the open-plan messy play zone. It brightens any day when you see the children having fun.”
Fiona moved to Lancashire after her family relocated to Wigan for her father’s army career and began her career as a cadet nurse at the age of 16.
She completed her general practice training at Wigan Royal Edward Infirmary and later specialised in paediatrics at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.
Fiona worked on the children’s ward at Wigan Royal Edward Infirmary for 13 years before joining Derian House Children’s Hospice.
She expressed how much she enjoyed her time at the hospice:
“It’s been a privilege to work at the hospice, it’s been a huge part of my working life. I will really miss the friends I’ve made,
“We’ve had so many fun times together and of course I’ll miss all of the children and young people, My proudest moments have been when I’ve been able to make a difference and improve children’s care.”
A celebratory lunch was held at the hospice as part of Fiona’s send-off, where she was showered by gifts including a vase hand-painted by the children.
Lynn Grayson, Clinical Director at Derian House said:
“Fiona has been a highly respected and much-valued member of the care team at Derian, providing outstanding levels of care to all the children, young people and families whom she has supported over her long career. We will all miss her but we wish her every happiness for her retirement.”
As well as focusing on her hobbies, Fiona plans to spend more time visiting the friends that she has made throughout her career, who now live all over the UK. She has also joined her local Women’s Institute group.