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Sad farewell to Betty

The Friends were very sad to hear from her family, that former volunteer Betty Edkins had passed away.

Betty joined us in 1993 and in spite of failing eyesight, she soldiered on with determination to do something for St Mary’s Hospital, in her words, “to pay back all the help the hospital had given me and continued to give me.”

Betty was an auxiliary nurse at St Mary’s in her younger days and was also a Marie Curie nurse. On retiring from her profession, she became involved in palliative care and was an Isle of Wight Prison visitor.

Her colleagues in the former Friends of St Mary’s cafe were delighted to celebrate Betty’s 90th birthday with her in 2017. She said at the time that she didn’t feel her age - just 16 going on 17! Shortly after that Betty felt that she needed to respect that she wasn’t as young as she once was, as she had some setbacks with her health. She decided to retire and was greatly missed by volunteers and customers alike.

We were privileged to have had Betty in our team for all those years and send our sincere condolences to her family.


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