Praised for her work with those in need

For­mer mid­wife sup­ports fam­ily group in one of poor­est wards

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PRIDE OF BUCKS 2015 - By Laura Mowat laura.mowat@trin­i­tymir­

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.”

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