This year marks my third-year anniversary at Compton Care. Before I came here I was working as a Renal Nurse. It was when my mother was diagnosed with dementia that everything changed. When she died in 2010 she had lived with dementia for seven years. The care she received in hospital was simply appalling- we had to fight for everything to help her. It shocked the whole family and right then I decided that I wanted to change things so that other families didn’t have to go through what we went through. I self-funded a masters in palliative care and a year in started to teach best palliative care practice in hospitals.
I loved teaching but missed working with patients and so then went on to become a Community Matron in Walsall before coming finally to Compton Care as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. I love that here we embrace long term chronic conditions and that we are becoming a Dementia friendly organisation. I feel so privileged and humbled to work with so many different people with such diverse conditions.
One of my most treasured memories is working with a young gentleman who had Cerebral Palsy and cancer. We worked through his bucket list together. With the help of his carers and Penn Hall school we were able to organise a holiday for him to Wales. He had never had a holiday before and when he came back he was so full of stories about his time away. It was lovely to see him so excited and full of life.
In my spare time I’m very sociable and I love to cook. Over the last year I have also discovered a love of running and have done two half marathons. The mental health benefits are just as powerful as the physical ones – I love it! I’ve also taken on the Compton Colour Blast and the recent Mud Run which was so much fun. Running is definitely my ideal way to fundraise.
Just like me you can turn your passions into pounds this summer and raise funds so that local people living with incurable conditions can access the support they need to live the best life possible.