Vol­un­teer Celia, 90, vows to carry on

Stockport Times West - - STEPPING HILL HOSPITAL -

A VOL­UN­TEER who has ded­i­cated her life to the NHS cel­e­brated her 90th birth­day with an­other shift at Step­ping Hill Hos­pi­tal.

Celia Tyson has been a vol­un­teer since she re­tired 25 years ago.

She pre­vi­ously worked in the NHS, start­ing her ca­reer in 1953 as a ma­tron’s maid at the for­mer Marple Dale Hos­pi­tal in Stock­port.

Ini­tially Celia’s vol­un­teer­ing in­cluded at­tend­ing to flow­ers and serv­ing tea to pa­tients on the wards.

How­ever, since her stroke, Celia has helped out with ad­min­is­tra­tion in the vol­un­teers of­fice.

Celia, from Romi­ley, has no plans to stop vol­un­teer­ing.

She said: “I’ve worked in hos­pi­tals all my life and I love be­ing a vol­un­teer.

“I’ve been in Step­ping Hill Hos­pi­tal my­self three times, and I feel like I’m pay­ing some­thing back. I like be­ing a part of it, it’s a good feel­ing.”

Hos­pi­tal staff are very fond of Celia, who also used to bake bis­cuits and knit Christ­mas stock­ings and Easter chicks as presents for staff be­fore her stroke.

Sally Cassini, vol­un­tary ser­vices manager, said: “Celia is our old­est vol­un­teer and very much a part of the team.

“We were de­lighted to be able to share her spe­cial day with her.”

Around 450 vol­un­teers, aged from 16 to 90, work at Step­ping Hill Hos­pi­tal, help­ing out pa­tients on a wide range of jobs.

Celia Tyson cel­e­brates her birth­day with vol­un­tary ser­vices manager Sally Cassini at Step­ping Hill Hos­pi­tal

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