Two nurses who retired after 70 years of combined service with the NHS have raised hundreds of pounds for a charity close to their hearts.
Marie Thomas and Joan Robertson both retired last week from Ninewells Hospital.
The pair began their careers before NHS Tayside existed, working for its predecessor the Tayside Health Board.
Joan, 58, from Clement Park, has worked in Dundee throughout her 31-year career, while Marie’s 39 years in healthcare have included a year working for the NHS in Shropshire and a four-and-a-half-year stint nursing in the United Arab Emirates.
The senior charge nurses worked together twice at Dundee Royal Infirmary, first meeting in the early 1990s, and have crossed paths on a daily basis in their most recent roles in wards 16 and 18 at Ninewells.
Dionne Edwards was in both nurses’ wards last year after she was seriously injured in a car accident in Coupar Angus.
Dionne is the sister of Harlow Edwards, the tot who died when she was hit by a car in the town in October.
Marie had formed a close bond with Dionne, accompanying her to Harlow’s funeral. Since then, the charity Harlow’s Helping Hand has been set up in the two-year-old’s memory.
The charity helps families suffering from the bereavement of a child with funeral costs.
Instead of gifts, the nurses asked for donations to be made to the charity, and had collection buckets at a retirement party at the Lyrics and Mirage Function Suite in St Andrews Lane.
In total, £530 was raised for the charity.
For more information about the charity, and to donate, go online to the harlows-helping-hand.org.uk website.