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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A hospice has bid a fond farewell to its longest-serving member of staff after more than a quarter of a century caring for poorly children. Much-loved nurse Fiona Andrews, from Wigan, has worked at Derian House Children’s Hospice since the charity first opened its doors in 1993 - back when a pint of milk cost just 34p and Jurassic Park hit cinema screens. After decades of support for families during their most difficult times, she is preparing to spend more time baking her famous lemon drizzle cake and enjoying her hobby of line dancing. Fiona said: "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. Read More Related Articles A pensioner from Wigan is fighting for his life in hospital following a car crash in Cumbria Read More Related Articles Steven McMyler 'was killed just because of his £11,000 Rolex' as police pay tribute to his family “My proudest moments have been when I’ve been able to make a difference and improve children’s care." Fiona moved to Wigan when her family relocated for her father's army career and began her career as a cadet nurse aged 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, in Chorley. Fiona joined Derian House Children’s Hospice when it opened in 1993 (Image: Derian House Children’s Hospice) “I have seen lots of changes over the years,” said Fiona.
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. "It brightens any day when you see the children having fun.” Fiona says she has many happy memories of her time at Derian House, which cares for more than 400 babies, children and young people from the North West.
Fiona also worked at Alder Hey Children's Hospital and Wigan Royal Edward Infirmary in her career
(Image: Derian House Children’s Hospice)
The dedicated nurse has even worked almost every Christmas Day since 1993 to make the occasion as special as possible for children staying at the hospice. 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 focussing 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.