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Solihull Hospital volunteer celebrates 100th birthday

Friends of Solihull Hospital chairman Bill Jones pays tribute to 100-year-old Millie Skinner.

Friends of Solihull Hospital chairman Bill Jones pays tribute to 100-year-old Millie Skinner
Friends of Solihull Hospital chairman Bill Jones pays tribute to 100-year-old Millie Skinner

An extraordinary hospital volunteer who worked as a nurse on the current Solihull Hospital site during the Second World War has enjoyed a surprise tea party from friends and colleagues to mark her 100th birthday.

Millie Skinner has volunteered at the Lode Lane site ever since the Friends of Solihull Hospital was founded 61 years ago and has helped the group raise around £1 million in that time. She still attends monthly committee meetings despite turning 100 yesterday and is as passionate as ever about Solihull Hospital and healthcare in the town.

Chairman of the Friends of Solihull Hospital Bill Jones said: “Millie is a truly remarkable woman – she is a living history of the hospital and of the
Friends of Solihull Hospital group.

“She started working at the hospital site when it was still the Workhouse, before the war in 1939 meant it became an emergency hospital and she began working there as a nurse.

In 1953 it was decided to form the Friends of Solihull Hospital and Millie has been a committee member ever since.

Andrew Clements, head of operations at Solihull Hospital, added: “It was wonderful to spend some time with Millie on this special occasion and hear her talk so passionately about the hospital and her experiences over the years. She is a real inspiration to us all and we thank her for the wonderful dedication she has shown to Solihull Hospital.”

 

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