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Trio’s retirement plans of baking and dancing

Maureen Johnson, Christine Morris and Sue Taylor are retiring from the community therapy team at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Maureen Johnson, Christine Morris and Sue Taylor are retiring from the community therapy team at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Three members of the Fylde Coast’s community therapy team are saying their fond farewells as they get ready to hang up their tunics and prepare for retirement.

And first on Maureen Johnson’s list, when she leaves later this year, is to spend more time on her secret hobby – belly dancing.

“It’s a bit of a secret passion,” she said.

She joins Sue Taylor and Christine Morris, a clinical specialist physiotherapist at Blackpool, who are also retiring this year.

Both Maureen and Sue have worked at Fylde and Wyre’s community therapy team as occupational therapy technical instructors.

Together, the trio have more than 85 years’ experience.

Sue, who joined the NHS in 1986 in Fleetwood, said: “I love the job, I always have.

“I enjoy meeting new people, and in my current role I get to connect with people in their own homes.

“This means that I can see the difference in them as they go through their treatment and improve their quality of life.”

She will use her retirement, which starts later this month, to do more baking.

Christine, who leaves in May, added: “I’m very proud of where we have come to. We are able to help patients achieve their goals. Even small tasks like going to the shops can mean the world to some people.”

Maureen will leave in December.

She said: “I have enjoyed helping people to get back some independence.”

 

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