A nursing ‘angel’ has been honoured for her dedication to patients with terminal illnesses and their families.
The achievements of Lynn Cowling, palliative care nurse at the Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice in Headingley, Leeds, were recognised at a ceremony in Leeds where she was named Nurse of the Year.
Judges in the Best of Health awards, sponsored by Sovereign Health Care, were impressed by Lynn’s unstinting dedication to her patients.
Until 18 months ago Lynn lived with her family at Henry Street. Brighouse. The daughter of Donald and Yvonne Gillespie, of Cawcliffe Road, she went to St Joseph’s Primary School, Brighouse, and All Saints School, Bradley.
“I always knew I wanted to be a nurse and I soon realised that I had a vocation for palliative care,” said Lynn who has also worked at Kirkwood Hospice in Huddersfield and with the community Macmillan team in Halifax which has close links to Overgate Hospice.
“It is a privilege to be able to help patients and their families through such a difficult time, to help them make the right choices and feel they have some control over their situation.”
Lynn, aged 52, is part of a team of 11 community palliative nurses and said the award could have gone to any of her colleagues.
“I am very touched that a patient whose wife had recently died took the trouble to nominate me for the award,” she said.