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The Typhoo Emergency Services Hero - winner: Gillian Haydock
11:00am Thursday 18th October 2012 in News
A NURSE who has tenderly cared for countless babies over the past three decades earned the award of Emergency Services hero.
However, winner Gillian Haydock, quickly dedicated the honour to former colleagues at Whiston Hospital’s special care baby unit.
Gill, who recently retired, told guests the most rewarding part of her job was seeing former patients make a visit to the wards in good health.
The 56-year-old from Newton-le-Willows said: “My legs are shaking. I didn’t think for one minute I’d get it. It’s very emotional.
“I’ve been more than 30 years in the NHS and on the special baby care unit in St Helens.
“So I accept this award on behalf of the whole team and the families. It’s been a privilege to care for the families.
“I am pleased to win it, but I stress, it’s not just for me. Everybody makes the unit what it is.”
Typhoo chief executive Keith Packer said: “It feels great to support the St Helens community.
“We’ve developed a strong relationship as sponsors as St Helens Rugby League Football and have got to know the town through the club.
“St Helens is a great town. I met Steve Prescott a few months ago and offered him our support. He is a one off.”
Highly commended were Constable Henry Hayes, 44, of Merseyside Police, who saved the life of an elderly woman in Newton-le-Willows, and Antony Rochester, from Rainford, for his voluntary work as a Community First Responder.