TRIBUTES have been paid to dedicated pensioner DOREEN TURTON, who has retired after working at a care home in Hucknall for 20 years.
The 70-year-old has been a key member of staff at the Aldercar residential home on Wood Lane for the last two decades.
She started out as a cleaner but, in her 60s, she trained to become a care assistant by completing a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in care of the elderly.
Sadly, she has been forced into retirement after undergoing a major operation last year on her bowel.
“Had it not been for the surgery, I would still be going to work,” said Doreen, who was born in Bulwell but moved to Hucknall in 1963 when she married her late husband, Brian.
“I loved my job. I loved the staff and I loved the residents. I will miss it so much.
“I felt that, as I got older, I was relating to the residents more and more and we were getting on so well.”
To mark her retirement, Doreen was presented with a crystal vase, a large bouquet of flowers and £100 from a collection.
She also bowed out on a high with news of top ratings for the home after inspections from the care watchdog, the Care Quality Commission, and Notts County Council.
Staff say they will remember Doreen’s “chirpy character”, and she will be “sorely missed”.
Doreen will now concentrate on her family. She has two daughters, Teresa Bentley, who is also a carer at Aldercar, and Joy Turton, two sons, Dale and Darrell, 11 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
In her spare time, she enjoys painting but is also determined to stay in touch with all her friends at Aldercar.
n OUR PHOTO shows Doreen, pictured with friends and colleagues at Aldercar at her retirement party — DISPIC NHUD12-0255-1.