NURSES of the Isle of Wight were celebrated at an awards ceremony at St Mary's Hospital.

The hard work and dedication of nurses at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust was marked the Friday before International Nurses Day.

Staff across the Isle of Wight NHS Trust were given the opportunity to vote for individual nurses across six categories.

The winners and runners up were presented with awards at a ceremony sponsored by Trigg and Co.

Keith Trigg, managing director at Trigg and Co, said: "I have a family member who was diagnosed with cancer six years ago and still has to go in to the hospital every three weeks.

"The staff at the hospital have been fantastic and this is my way of giving something back."

Trigg and Co support a number of NHS events and provided all the trophies and prizes for the nurses awards.

Alice Webster, director of nursing, midwifery, allied health professionals and community services, said: “Every year on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday the trust celebrates International Nurses Day and this year for the first time, we have allocated awards to acknowledge the outstanding commitment and achievements of both our current and previous nursing staff.

"The awards have given a real boost to morale, not only for the nurses that received them, but our nursing workforce in general, and we are grateful to the kind generosity of Trigg and Co for sponsoring the award prizes.”


Midwife of the year — Gill Griffin, runner up Sarah Page. Lifetime achievement award — Ruth Williams, runner up Rosie Parkes. Outstanding contribution to nursing award — Sue John, runner up Lucy Merry-Williams. Above and beyond award — Kate Staplehurst, runners up Nicky Tongue and Tina Beardmore. Registered nurse of the year — Sherry Morales, runner up Carol Bolton. Healthcare assistant of the year — Debbie Jordan, runner up Angie Houghton.