Badges found 23 years after loss

Lost badges found by Tracey Manton
Lost badges found by Tracey Manton
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More than 20 years ago nurse Debbie Parkinson lost her nurses badges, but now they have been unearthed at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Tracey Manton was clearing out the old lockers, which have been in storage at the hospital’s laundry and sewing department for more than 20 years, when she discovered the badges and went on a mission to reunite them with their rightful owner.

Debbie said: “I couldn’t believe it when I got a call from Tracey. She started off just saying ‘did you used to be Deborah Brohee? I’ve got your badges here’.

“It took a while for me to work out what she meant but when she explained a little more about finding the badges I couldn’t believe it. I haven’t gone by that name for 23 years and I lost those badges some time before that. For her to track me down is remarkable. I can’t thank her enough.

“The badges are very sentimental to me. I remember feeling very upset when I discovered I’d lost them. One in particular is my badge from Manchester Royal School of Nursing and is only given to people when they have passed their nursing qualifications. I worked hard for that badge and it’s a symbol of me becoming a nurse; something I’m very proud of.”

As well as the badges, Tracey found an old woollen nurse’s cape and accompanying starched cuffs.

Tracey said: “We were getting rid of a stock of old lockers that were used for nurses to leave their things when they needed to be repaired or cleaned when we found them.”