MODEST Rita McIver doesn’t see herself as a hero.
But she certainly is in the eyes of the people she has given years of selfless duty to.
They love her so much, they nominated her for a Best of Health Award. Now Rita, 74, has made it to the shortlist.
The Hartlepool & District Hospice worker said: “I am just a volunteer. I look after the patients. I make the tea for them and I listen to them. It’s all I am. I got the shock of my life when I heard I had been nominated.”
Rita added: “I did not think anyone noticed what I did but I am over the moon that they did and they nominated me.”
The nomination for Rita read: “Rita is a volunteer carer at Hartlepool Hospice and has been for a number of years.
“She is a pensioner who is not in the best of health. She never complains. She works three, sometimes four days a week mainly in the day care unit where patients attend for respite care.
“She looks after their needs with a cheery disposition and will take on any task the hospice asks.
“She regularly works in the kitchen and is always fundraising on behalf of the hospice. She is indeed an unsung hero.”
Rita first put her name down for volunteer work at the hospice because she “needed something to fill my time.”
She added: “I just love my job. I love the nurses and it is like a little family here. The patients are brilliant.”
But she admitted she was not expecting to reach the awards shortlist.
“I got the shock of my life. I had just got over a chest infection when I got a call saying I was shortlisted. I was over the moon,” she added.
The stories published on shortlisted contenders are no indication of whether or not the entrant has won the category.
The finals night will be held in Sedgefield early next month and we will be there to bring you full, in-depth coverage.
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