Mum puts caring Ann up for award

Keighley News: Nurse Ann Tasker with Claire Marsden, who nominated her for a patient choice award and Claire’s daughter Lily Nurse Ann Tasker with Claire Marsden, who nominated her for a patient choice award and Claire’s daughter Lily

A former Airedale Hospital nurse is in the running for a top accolade.

Ann Tasker is one of four finalists in the patient choice category of The Nursing Standards Award. The winner will be determined by public vote.

She was nominated by a mum who lost her son to a brain tumour.

Hairdresser Claire Marsden, whose son Harry died aged ten months in 2010, has praised Ann for her care during her son’s birth and for supporting the charity set up in his name.

Claire said: “I stayed in contact with Ann as I felt a connection with her, having been at Harry’s birth. Ann also attended Harry’s funeral.

“When I became pregnant again in 2011 I was very anxious and asked Ann if she would deliver my baby.

“Ann put herself on call 24 hours a day in the last few weeks of my pregnancy. Then on January 17, 2012, I went into labour and Ann travelled from home and delivered Lily at Airedale Hospital.”

Last year, Ann, who now works for County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, organised a Three Peaks walk and, with friends, raised more than £2,500 for charities, including Harry’s Star. So far, Harry’s Star has raised £50,000.

People wanting to vote should log on to secure.rcn publishing.co.uk/nurse-awards/patients-choice-voting.asp.

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