A royal honour for local nurses

Diane Hobro and Helen Kerrigan-Hawkes receiving their Queens Nurse Awards at the Royal Garden Hotel, London
Diane Hobro and Helen Kerrigan-Hawkes receiving their Queens Nurse Awards at the Royal Garden Hotel, London
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Two nurses have been recognised for their commitment to patients and the nursing profession with the prestigious Queen’s Nurse Award.

Helen Kerrigan-Hawkes, who has lived in Grimsargh all her life and is lead nurse at Garstang Medical Practice and Diane Hobro, who hails from Hurst Green, lives

in Longridge and works in the Clitheroe area, received their awards at a ceremony in London.

They join a group of just over 1,000 nurses to hold the award and the ceremony, organised by the Queen’s Nursing Institute, was held at the Royal Garden Hotel.

Helen said: “Together we stood proud of our devotion to nursing and our friendship.”

Helen left Longridge’s St Cecilia’s RC High School at the age of 16 to work at a rest home in the town, before qualifying as a nurse and going to work at the Royal Preston Hospital.

A mother and grandmother, Helen later moved into community nursing in Longridge and Clitheroe and completed a degree in district nursing, a masters in health service management, a prescribing course and many other clinical courses before moving to Garstang as a community matron.

She said: “I had the privilege to get to know these patients and their families and care for many until the end of their lives in their own homes.”

She then completed a fellowship in advanced practice for frail older people at King’s College University London and undertook a frailty project for Garstang patients aged over 75.

Diane, who grew up in Hurst Green, trained in Preston and spent 19 years on the neurosurgical unit at the Royal Preston Hospital.

There she supported people with multiple sclerosis before trying more general nursing. She then became a community matron to support GPs caring for people who are housebound and living with long-term conditions, also taking courses along the way.