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RCN Award of Merit for Lancashire Nurse Maggy

15 Jul 2021

The contribution of a Blackpool nurse has been acknowledged by the Royal College of Nursing at the annual RCN Awards.

Maggy Heaton has been recognised with the RCN Award of Merit, the highest honour for voluntary service to the RCN.


Given in celebration of the very best in nursing, the annual RCN Awards present Fellowships, Honorary Fellowships and Awards of Merit to those who have given an outstanding contribution to nursing, along with honours for the Learning Representative, Safety Representative and Steward of the Year.


Maggy has been an active member of the RCN since 1996, becoming a steward and accredited learning representative in 2012 as well as a health and safety rep in recent years. She has been the staff-side chair at her Trust, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, since 2014, as well as playing an active role in the RCN at regional level, completing terms on the regional board and as Chair of the Lancashire West branch.


Commenting on the award, Maggy said: “I am overwhelmed and humbled to receive this prestigious award. It feels strange but wonderful to be honoured simply for doing something that I love so much – caring for our nurses.


“The RCN certainly keeps me busy but I love it - without question, you get back what you put in.”


Regional Director of RCN North West, Estephanie Dunn, said:


“The RCN Awards are presented to those who have made an outstanding contribution to nursing, either in their area of professional practice or in their support of their peers and colleagues. I am delighted to see Maggy’s work recognised and wish to offer congratulations on behalf of the whole RCN North West team on her award.”


Senior Regional Officer Mary-Anne Parkinson added: “Maggy has dedicated 25 years of her career supporting the RCN in many roles including being a regional board member, steward and active member of her branch.


“She has worked incredibly hard to support members and ensure that the voice of nursing is heard far and wide and is not afraid question those who she believes should be held to account. Maggy is a deserving recipient of the Award of Merit and we in the region could not be more proud.”


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