Complementary Therapist Jackie Ayres was flipping with joy yesterday, as she celebrated 40 years of service to Douglas Macmillan Hospice.
The 61 year old mother of two was born in Blurton and attended Blurton High School, leaving at the age of 15, taking her first job at World of Wedgwood as a Junior Clerk.
After 3 years she joined the North Staffs Royal Infirmary as an Auxiliary Nurse before coming to the DougieMac in a similar role.
“I have always had a strong feeling of caring for people, I looked after my Dad who had cancer so at the age of 21 I was appointed as an Auxiliary Nurse at the Dougie Mac which I did for 26 years,” she said.
Jackie then moved to the Hospice at Home for 4 years and whilst working in this team, she started college to learn and understand all about Complementary Therapies.
“I never dreamt that I would be able to have the opportunity to undertake Complementary Therapy as a full time job. I was then asked to work with the patients who came to the Day Therapy Unit, giving them general care as well as various therapies,” she added.
In 2010 Jackie was appointed as a Complementary Therapist which entails Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Head Massage.
Jackie explained more about the role, saying,
“We offer various therapies to patients at the DougieMac and in the community along with the main carers of the patients.
“I have always felt really proud and privileged to have worked for 40 years at the Dougie Mac. I have seen so many positive changes that the Dougie Mac has embraced over the years which has enabled patients and their carers to participate in holistic treatments that gives them so much comfort .
“I have worked with some amazing people members of staff and volunteers and hope to continue working here for a few more years.”
Jannette McCartney, Director of Care added,
“Wanted to say a thank you on behalf of patients and families also all the staff Jackie has trained and mentored over the 40 years working at the hospice.”