Praised for her work with those in need
Former midwife supports family group in one of poorest wards
A RETIRED midwife has been nominated for the community champion category of the Pride of Bucks awards.
Jen Lomas of Seer Green was nominated for the award by Muriel Ward for her work with the family support group at St Andrew’s Church in High Wycombe.
Ms Ward said: “She does a great deal for the family support group based in St Andrew’s Church.
“She is a much loved, valued and very active member of the group.
“Jen is a wonderful person always ready and willing to help and listen. About four to five years ago she had open heart surgery but this hasnt stopped or even slowed her down very much. Her name is being put forward by friends and colleagues.“
When Mrs Lomas discovered that she had been nominated for the prestigious award, she thought that it was a hoax.
Although she thinks it is vital for her work to be confidential, she decided that it is always pleasant to have ‘good things in the newspaper’.
Mrs Lomas said: “St Andrew’s Church is in one of the poorest wards in the area and the support that they give to families is phenomenal. All of the volunteers work as hard as we can, if a family has a problem then we help them.”
Before Mrs Lomas retired, she was a local midwife and a practice and district nurse.
Some of the issues that Mrs Lomas may help families with include housing and poverty.
Mrs Lomas added: “The families may be on a basic wage with children and it might not take much for real problems to start.”
Talking about the place she has volunteered at for the last 14 years, Mrs Lomas said: “I love it.”