A DEVOTED nurse’s memory has been kept alive thanks to the generous actions of her closest friend.
Joan Cook, from Smith’s Wood, tragically died earlier this year from cancer at the age of 62, after devoting all of her working life to nursing.
It was while Joan was working as a ward sister at Heartlands Hospital in her earlier years, that she met someone who was to become an important person in her life - June Hogan.
June, also a nurse, soon became close friends with Joan and the pair became inseperable.
“Joan was the youngest ward sister. We got to know one another and our friendship started from there,” June, of Hamble Close, told us.
The 64-year-old added: “We remained close friends and we went on holiday together.”
Following her friend’s death, June decided she wanted to start fund raising for Marie Curie in Joan’s memory.
“It was actually on the day of Joan’s funeral, a leaflet had been pushed through my door encouraging people to raise money for the Marie Curie nurses.
“I felt this was something I really wanted to do for Joan and I know she would have been really happy we were doing it,” June said.
June, with help from family and friends, held a Blooming Great Tea Party in her sister’s garden and raised over £700 for Marie Curie.
June added: “Joan was a very brave and vibrant lady. She was a devoted nurse, mother and grandmother and she will be greatly missed.”
June intends to scatter her friend’s ashes in Tunisia where Joan visited regularly.