Berkshire woman honoured for 52-year nursing devotion

Mary Spinks Mary Spinks said nursing is a "wonderful" profession

A Berkshire woman who has devoted 52 years to nursing has been made a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Mary Spinks, from Maidenhead, has worked in nursing since coming to England from Cork in 1958.

She has sat on numerous health boards and became director of the Florence Nightingale Foundation in 1996 before retiring a few weeks ago.

Others honoured in the list include jockey Tony McCoy from Sunningdale who is made an OBE.

Mrs Spinks said: "I am delighted, I have been in nursing all my life and honoured to receive this CBE.

Castle electrician

"It is a wonderful profession, which has its tough times, but I would recommend it to anyone."

The Florence Nightingale Foundation awards scholarships to nurses and midwives to allow them to study abroad.

Others honoured in Berkshire include a knighthood for former chairman of Equitas Hugh Stevenson for services to the financial sector.

Kevin Coulthard, deputy fire safety manager at Windsor Castle, is made an MVO along with Barry Gomm, electrician at the castle.

George O'Grady, chief executive of the Professional Golfers' Association European Tour, is appointed a CBE for services to sport.

John Dunningham is made an OBE for voluntary service to tennis, while Alan Carr is made an MBE for charitable services along with Peter Carter for services to the community in Reading.

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