Award-winners help others
CAROL Hall felt like an “Oscar winner” when she was presented with a Sefton PCT Staff Award.
The ceremony took place at the Southport Theatre, and recognised Carol’s work with Parkinson’s disease sufferers.
Carol is responsible for the Parkinson’s therapy day, which takes place once a month at Formby Clinic.
This event offers a range of alternative therapy to people with the disease. Carol, a former health visitor, is keen to raise the profile of this “insidious disease which affects all age groups.”
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition, which affects movement, speech and thought. A cause has not yet been identified, but the Parkinson’s Disease Society funds research that may find one.
Award for Joan
FORMBY nurse Joan Whittaker mixed with the stars last week when she received a Sefton PCT award.
Joan, who has devoted her working life to the nursing profession, received her “Make You Smile” award from Emmerdale actress Caroline Strong. Joan said: “She was really nice.”
The glittering award ceremony, which brought together NHS staff from Liverpool and Sefton, took place at Southport Theatre.
Although Joan knew she was on the shortlist, she did not know she was going to win. “The tribute paid to me on the night made me cry. It was all very moving.”
And Joan’s colleagues also presented her with a hand-crafted angel, which probably reflects just what they think of her.
Joan, who has lived in Formby since 1983, is a community district nurse for Sefton PCT. She lives in Ravenmeols Lane, where she keeps dogs and chickens.