New head of care for children’s hospice
PUBLISHED: 10:00 13 July 2017
The head of care at Children’s Hospice South West is retiring after 10 years with the charity.
Nicola Orchard was hired to select the care team and equipment before the Wraxall hospice was opened to families in April 2007.
Nicola, who had worked as a nurse for 30 years, built her team from scratch and is delighted with what the charity has achieved in a decade.
She said: “I was very honoured to be part of the organisation and very proud of what it has achieved and to have played a part in setting it up. It’s been amazing.
“It started with just a few families and we now support over 200 - it’s incredible.”
Carl Joy, from Clevedon, is taking over as head of care when Nicola retires this week.
Carl was part of the original team and has worked his way up through the hospice.
He said: “I’m extremely excited and proud and ready for the new challenges that it may bring.
“I would like to thank Nicola for being a great mentor.
“Nicola has built a great foundation at Charlton Farm and I just want to continue with the passion, enthusiasm and desire to do the best for the children and families. Hopefully I’ll do her proud.”
The hospice has organised a number of celebrations to thank Nicola for her hard work and dedication.
She is looking forward to spending more time with her family and travelling.
She said: “Working here was the icing on the cake. It’s been the highlight of my career.
“The best part of the job is the little things which make a difference to the families and to lead such a dedicated team.
“It feels like the right time to leave as we’ve reached our 10th anniversary.
“I shall miss all the families and the care team and I want to congratulate Carl for getting the position.
“It’s wonderful to think Carl came in to the care team as a children’s nurse. He’d only been qualified for a few years and to watch grow and develop has been amazing.”