Long-serving nurse’s Red Cross award

A NURSE who works at Worthing Hospital has been rewarded for her years of long service for the Red Cross.

Sompting’s Pauline Baitup won a long-service award for devoting 30 years to the volunteer-led humanitarian organisation.

On finding out about the 30-year long service award she said: “It was a shock.

“I didn’t realise I had done so much.”

Pauline said the awards ceremony was a nice evening and that they were all well looked after.

In 1975 Pauline joined the Red Cross as a junior member before carrying on into the adult part of the organisation.

Helping others runs in the family, as Pauline’s father was a fireman.

The Shoreham-born nurse said the things she most enjoyed about being involved with the Red cross were the ‘out in the field scenarios’.

She said: “The Red Cross is very social and you meet people from all different walks of life from all round the country.”

Pauline is known for helping and running camps for children with disabilities, and during her years with the service she learnt survival techniques, abseiling and water safety among other skills.

“On Red Cross I gained a lot of leadership qualities and learnt to think with empathy and that there are always solutions to problems,” she said.

“It’s just thinking about how you can work around them.”

To get involved go to www.redcross.org.uk/Get-involved