Nurse with Florence link dies

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A descendant of Florence Nightingale who followed in her relative’s footstep by selflessly caring for dozens of Belper families has died from a brain tumour.

Lesley Nightingale who worked as a district nurse at the Riversdale Surgery on Bridge Street for the last seven years passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, August 22.

The 62-year-old was dubbed ‘Flo’ by her patients because of her selfless bedside manner, caring attitude and commitment to voluntary work.

Having come late to the calling, she worked as a healthcare assistant for 25 years, before re-training as a nurse in her fifties. She then began visiting Belper patients in their homes as a palliative nurse.

However, in February she was diagnosed with a tumour – one month after being given the all-clear from breast cancer.

Despite the devastating news she remained positive – always putting patients before herself.

Daughter Shelley Nightingale said: “She was always one for thinking of others before herself. Even though she was poorly she would enquire about other people first.

“The family is very distressed. Although we were expecting it, we weren’t expecting it so quickly. All her patients loved her – I don’t know anybody who didn’t love her and some of them may not know that she has died.”

Fellow nurse and colleague, Erika Hitchcock, said: “She was totally selfless and put everybody before herself. She was the kindest person you could ever wish to meet.”

Although Florence was not born in Derbyshire, her links with the county can be traced through her family, who kept a home at Lea Hurst.

For funeral information contact Co-op Funeralcare, Eastwood.