Angela Sheldrick, a Macmillan nurse who works at Milton Keynes University Hospital, has been recognised for her work with the town’s cancer patients in a reception at Buckingham Palace with The Prince of Wales.
His Royal Highness hosted the reception on behalf of The Queen to thank those engaged in front-line nursing across the United Kingdom. More than 350 guests from all over the country represented nurses from the profession, from hospitals to general practice to community nursing, nursing homes, and nurses in the armed forces and prisons.
“I got to speak to Prince Charles and when I said I was from Milton Keynes we ended up talking about the roundabouts! That was a bit surreal,” Angela said.
“There was a real buzz in the room, it had an electric atmosphere. I looked around at the fabulous throne room where the reception was being held and at the glittering chandeliers hanging from the ceiling.
“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will be with me forever. It was so wonderful to be with so many other dedicated nurses and having the opportunity to talk with some of them and hear their stories and all the incredible work that is going on in the nursing profession. It felt great to be part of such a special occasion.
She added: “The evening ended with a speech from the Prince of Wales thanking us all for hard work that we do as he spoke on behalf of the nation, it made everyone in the room feel valued and special and it was a great way to end the evening. I left the palace with a real sense of feeling immensely proud of being a nurse and working for Macmillan.”
Angela was nominated by Kim Bowles, Macmillan’s partnership manager in Milton Keynes.
“I nominated Angela because she’s been part of the Macmillan family for 15 years, previously as a nurse and currently as the Macmillan Recovery Package Manager at Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. This is a major piece of work, as the Recovery Package is designed to help people live well with cancer. So Angela is ensuring that patients in Milton Keynes have access to all the help and support they need throughout their cancer journey and that it’s tailored to them,” Kim said.
“Angela is highly committed to patient care, so she thoroughly deserves to be acknowledged by Prince Charles.”
The Prince of Wales has been Patron of Macmillan for more than 20 years.
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