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Plaque and bench honours Hospital Watch founder

Plaque honour: Hospital Watch chairman Eddie Gasson, Skegness Mayor Coun George Saxon, Maureen Miers close friend Christene Andrew and Hospital Watch vice-chairman John Orgine with the plaque.

Plaque honour: Hospital Watch chairman Eddie Gasson, Skegness Mayor Coun George Saxon, Maureen Miers close friend Christene Andrew and Hospital Watch vice-chairman John Orgine with the plaque.

The life and work of the late Maureen Mier was honoured with the unveiling of a plaque and bench at Skegness Hospital on Wednesday.

Maureen was a former chairman and founder of Skegness Hospital Watch, which began in 2003, then known as Save our Services, formerly Save our Beds.

She formed The Stoma group, worked at the Beacon Practice and Skegness Hospital, was an Ingoldmells parish councillor and was part of the Ingoldmells Forum and many other groups to help improve health services in the area.

Skegness Hospital staff, friends and work colleagues held a small dedication ceremony where a plaque gifted from Frank Wood and Sons and a picture of Maureen made by friend David Andrew was unveiled in the main foyer off the Lincoln Road entrance.

An inscribed bench was also placed by staff in the hospital garden and blessed by the Rev Julie Donn.

Hospital Watch Chairman Eddie Gasson thanked all who contributed to the memorials and chief fundraiser Geoff Poulter lead the tribute and said: “Maureen’s a great loss. She was passionate about keeping services and would be proud of the continuing work of Hospital Watch.”

Skegness Matron Jackie Shaw said: “Maureen was very determined and tenacious, working at problems to their solution. She was very supportive and wanted the best for patients and staff.”

Dr Leonard Morris also paid tribute.

He added: “She was the most efficient secretary and manager you could wish for, enthusiastic, dedicated, very kind and competent. Friends and colleagues all loved her.”

 

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