Old hospice colleagues back together again

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An 80-year-old former nurse organised a reunion for former Marie Curie staff and volunteers.

Sheila Betts MBE, from Torrance, arranged the event at the Marie Curie Hospice, Glasgow, on Saturday, March 7, and invited 30 of her former colleagues.

A spokesman for Marie Curie said: Sheila was our first matron at our old site at Hunters Hill and joined Marie Curie in July 1976 until she took early retirement in 1990.

‘‘She celebrated her 80th birthday this year and wanted to reunited those she worked with in the early years for an afternoon tea and a catch up.’’

Marie Curie was able to help track down some forward colleagues, and former general secretary Margaret McEwen and wages clerk Pat Brown also helped.

Sheila said: ‘‘These were the years we were establishing the place of the hospice both in the community and in the wider area and we were very much a family.

‘‘We all had varying different roles and functions, but somehow we all had to pull together.

‘‘We were working together to establish the unit and Marie Curie Care was not quite so talked about as it is today.

‘‘It’s about bringing that family together again and we had a great response.’’