A pharmacist who left an impression on customers and colleagues alike with her care and helpful advice has retired after almost 30 years.
Julie Green joined Boots in Stamford in 1986. She became a popular figure at the High Street store, helping generations of families with all manner of illnesses and ailments.
Staff held a party for Julie on her final day on December 23, and she was overwhelmed with cards and good wishes.
She said: “It’s so weird. In the car I was quite excited. Now I’ve got here I feel a bit shaky.
“I know so many people in town. I’ve seen children grow up and develop and get better from illness. A lot of old members of staff who I have worked with have been in, and I’ve had flowers coming out of my ears.
“The customers have been lovely. They’ve been asking what they will do without me.”
Julie, originally from Sheffield, previously worked in hospitals before studying pharmacology at the University of Liverpool. She worked for Boots during the holidays, and went back after she graduated, moving to the Stamford area when her husband Shaun got a job at Blackstone’s. They have two children, Sarah and Matthew.
Julie, who has also worked in Boots branches in Bourne, Oakham and Peterborough, said: “Boots has been very supportive. They are very organised, which is helpful when you first start. We have our own rules and regulations so we have to follow them first. That can be challenging, combining it with the commercial side. But customers always value the advice.
“There have been so many changes. The technological advances especially over the last five years. Some prescriptions are becoming totally electronic. We can text people when they are ready. It makes such a big difference.
“It’s all stuff to make it easier for customers, although sometimes harder for us. We used to make so much stuff, like ointments and mixtures. I really miss that.”
Julie hopes to spend some of her retirement volunteering.
Store manager Store manager Mark Shelton said: Julie is absolutely fantastic. She really does everything for the customers. The customer is the most important person and she conveys that to us all.
“She is really going to be missed by the team and by the customers too. She’s added a lot to Boots and a lot to this store.”