Volunteer Celia, 90, vows to carry on
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