As head girl at Leyland’s Worden High School, Amanda Fewtrell nursed ambitions to enter the medical field.
At 18 she started nurse training at Blackpool Victoria Hospital rising to the ranks of senior sister - now nurse practitioner.
The Health Heroes Nurse of the Year , from Southport, has worked in Blackpool’s hospital A&E department for 23 years and for the past three years has been at the Whitegate Drive walk-in centre.
Last week, the 46-year-oldmum of two, graduated from UCLan with a Bsc Honours degree.
Her proud parents Rita and Peter Wood still live in Leyland.