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Jacqueline Blackett

Jacqueline outside St Mary Wing, LutonJacqueline arrived in England from Guyana in May 1969.

Soon after arriving, Jacqueline took up post at the L&D as a Student Nurse in our elderly wards in St Mary’s Wing. Jacquie recalls the wards being seriously understaffed and busy at the time but was just so happy to be doing the profession she enjoyed and loved so much.

Jacquie worked in her chosen career and excelled at it which is why she was soon promoted, and eventually obtained a post as Staff Nurse, SRN.

Jacquie recalls some stand out moments from her time working at the L&D –  the warm welcome received from the overseas Doctors or the time she was picked to welcome British Comedian, Eric Morecambe as he visited the wards.

After taking a maternity break in the 1980’s, Jacquie returned to nursing and later retired at the age of 65.

Jacquie is now a published author and runs her own clinic as an Holistic Practitioner.

Inspired by Jacqueline Blackett

Shirley Waldron“In life we have role models that we look up to. Jacquie is definitely one of mine!

“I reflect on our many conversations, and banter about life.  Always willing to advise, she has always been a special friend.

“When I reflect on the people I admire, both personally and professionally, Jacquie Blackett comes to mind. She is a Mother  Wife, Professional and Author. In life’s journey, we don’t meet too many people of her calibre, from the Windrush Generation and I’m so thankful to call her my friend.”

Shirley Waldron
Administrative Assistant / Communications Officer for BAME Staff Network