23rd December 2015 – Linda leaves Airedale Hospital after 44 years
Senior matron Linda Beckett – one of the longest serving nurses ever to work at Airedale Hospital – was given fond farewells by crowds of colleagues at her retirement gathering. Linda has worked for the hospital for 44 years.
Rob Dearden, director of nursing at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It has been an absolutely privilege to work with Linda. I think it is unprecedented for someone to give so many years to one organisation, working her way up having trained and qualified in Airedale, to the role of senior matron. She has been an exemplary role model and a nurse leader of distinction. She has meant so much to so many of her colleagues who came to her celebration to say goodbye.”
Linda, aged 61, or Wilsden, said: “I am completely overwhelmed by all the cards, gifts and kind wishes from my colleagues, patients and people who I haven’t seen for years.
“I can remember so clearly walking into the hospital on my first day, those were the days when the hem of your skirt had to be 12 inches from the floor. I have had some wonderful colleagues and some amazing times which will stay in my memory for a long time to come.”
Mrs Beckett completed her nurse training in 1975 and has held numerous nursing posts ranging from nurse cadet, staff nurse on ward 11, endoscopy manager, operational manager, modern matron and senior matron. One highlight for Linda was being nominated by her colleagues to attend the Queen’s Garden Party. During her retirement Linda is looking forward to spending more time looking after her grandchildren, walking and having long weekends away.