Ward remembers late colleagues

Chantelle Bell

Chantelle Bell

STAFF at Blackpool Victoria hospital ward have remembered late colleagues by hanging special baubles on a memory tree.

Alan Inman and Rachel Goacher both sadly passed away this year. Both had worked on Ward 35.

Alan, 58, was killed in a traffic accident in September. Rachel, passed away in June aged just 34. Both were much loved members of the team.

The memory tree is always displayed on the ward, where people can write messages for those who are no longer with us. The baubles will be a permanent reminder of Alan, an  Assistant Practitioner and Rachel, a nurse.

Chantelle with the tree

Chantelle with the tree

Chantelle Bell, a Healthcare Assistant on the ward, commissioned the specially made baubles that have angel wings inside them. She said: “This is the first Christmas without Alan and Rachel.

“It’s been a hard year for the ward losing two colleagues in one year. This is their Christmas present from us.”


Ward 35 managers, Gail Bewick and Michelle Knighton, added: “Alan and Rachel will never be forgotten.

“Staff want the baubles to be left on the tree all the time, not just at Christmas, that’s why they will stay on the memory tree.”




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