Further national recognition has been awarded to Bourne community nurse Candice Pellett.
Candice, a senior case manager and Community Practice Educator from Lincolnshire Community Health Services Trust, was one of five nurses to collect The Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, Award for outstanding service last week.
The award from the Queen’s Nursing Institute is presented to nurses who have given service to patients and the profession above the call of duty and have made a distinguished contribution to the health of people in the community.
The late Queen Mother took great personal interest in this award and it is in honour of her memory, that as patron of The Queen’s Nursing Institute, Her Majesty the Queen agreed the award could be made in perpetuity.
Candice, who started her career as a nursing auxiliary in 1989, has held the Queen’s Nurse title for seven years.
She received an OBE for her services to nursing earlier this year.
Candice said: “This has been a very special year for me and I feel very humbled and privileged to be recognised for my work.
“It gives me great pleasure to be able to continue working in Bourne while representing Lincolnshire and community nursing on a national platform.
“When I started working as a bank nursing auxiliary, it wasn’t even on my radar to even train to become a fully qualified nurse, let alone work nationally.
“However, once I began working with patients I knew I wanted to make a difference.
“It was very inspiring to attend the awards ceremony with my husband and mother and hear everyone else’s stories and achievements.”
Interim Chief Executive at the Lincolnshire trust Kay Darby said: “Candice is an excellent ambassador for the trust and we are very proud to be able to say we have nurses like Candice delivering this level of dedication and care to patients across the county.”