Community matron Celia Darling, who has been a district nurse in Belford and Wooler for 35 years, retires at the end of May.
Around 100 of her patients and colleagues held a party at the Castle Hotel in Bamburgh and presented Celia, pictured in the blue cardigan, with a community award for her years of dedicated nursing service.
After qualifying as a district nurse, Celia’s first post was at Glanton, then she returned to her roots in the Bamburgh area. Latterly she has been the community matron in Belford and Wooler.
At the party, Dr David Gill wrote and read out a poem about Celia and Charles Baker Cresswell thanked Celia on behalf of the patients describing her as ‘a regional and national treasure’. Celia put patients first and worked night and day to deliver a service second to none.
Celia plans to retire from her full time post as community matron but is excited to also be starting a part time post for the north northumberland out of hours service in July . This will also allow her to enjoy spending more time with her family and friends and walking her beloved dogs.
Celia was overwhelmed with the kindness and good wishes she received on the evening and knows that she leaves her patients in the excellent hands of the Belford and Wooler district nursing team.