A Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) District Nurse has been recognised for her outstanding care to people living with cancer in the community.
Sr Eileen Doherty, District Nurse based in Castlederg was presented with the Hilary Curry Cup by Pearl Woodburn, President of the local Soroptimist Club.
The award was presented in memory of the late Hilary Curry who was an enthusiastic member of Soroptimist International, serving as Club President.
Hilary was also a great advocate for ovarian cancer research.
Living with the illness, she raised much needed funds for research into the disease.
When she passed away her family and friends continued to fundraise in her memory.
Speaking on behalf of the Soroptimist International of Londonderry, Pearl Woodburn said: “The Hilary Curry Cup is presented in Hilary’s memory to a person who has made a significant contribution to the care of people with cancer, whether in hospital or in the community.
“I am delighted to present the cup this year to Sr Eileen Doherty for her support to people living with cancer in the Castlederg area.
“Eileen often goes above and beyond the call of duty and is always on hand, day or night to offer her experienced, empathetic care to her patients and their families.”
Dedicating the award to her team, Sr Doherty said: “I am very proud to accept this prestigious award.
“I feel honoured to be associated with the late Hilary Curry.
“She was such an inspirational lady and provided so much support for those suffering from cancer.
“I am passionate about the care of cancer patients.
“I find it very fulfilling.
“I sincerely hope I have made even a tiny difference to the lives of the patients that I have cared for.”
Alan Corry Finn, Western Trust Executive Director of Nursing and Director of Primary Care and Older People’s Services, said: “This presentation reflects the importance of nursing care in the community and is a tremendous honour for Eileen personally.
“Community and district nurses make it possible for families to care for their loved ones at home during a time in their lives when they are most dependant.”
He continued: “Sr Eileen Doherty is very much appreciated in the community and by her colleagues as an exceptional nurse who tirelessly gives of her time to make a difference to others.
“Just as Hilary Curry identified how funds can be of benefit to so many, equally so Sr Eileen Doherty was instrumental in working collaboratively with others to establish a local Comfort Fund which provides financial assistance, equipment and complimentary therapies for patients who have a cancer diagnosis.”
Sr Eileen Doherty was presented with the Hilary Curry Cup at a small reception held recently at Castlederg Health Clinic attended by local GPs and her colleagues.