A woman who has helped bring 12,000 Fylde coast youngsters into the world is heading off into nappy retirement.
After 46 years in which she cared for thousands of newly born babies, Margaret Stilton, from Blackpool, is now taking a well-earned rest from the cot duty.
Margaret, 64, who worked on the Neonatal Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, started working for the NHS in 1969 and has always loved looking after new born babies.
Parents from across the Fylde coast still visit Margaret to thank her for her care and she even nursed her son-in-law when he was born and needed treatment on the unit.
Margaret said: “I am leaving 46 years ago to the day I first started as a nurse.
“I found my first pay packet the other day and it was for about £40!
“I have always enjoyed working here and I will miss it – I love my babies. I started off as an enrolled nurse and joined the Neonatal Unit in 1974.
“Families are very grateful for what we do. We give as much emotional support and care as possible. Some people born on the ward come back to see us when they are parents which is very nice.
“I even looked after my son-in-law when he was a baby on the unit.” Margaret’s colleagues on the Neonatal Unit gave her a good send off on her last day.
A party was held and Margaret was presented with gifts.
Shelley Piper, head of maternity and gynaecology for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I’d like to thank Margaret for her years of commitment and dedication. Margaret is a great character – a real stalwart of the unit.
“She is well liked and we will all miss her. We wish her well in her retirement.”
Margaret is planning to spend lots of time with her daughters, Rosanna and Annika, during her retirement.
She also aims to spend more time gardening, sewing, swimming and socialising.