Irene Budd (BEM)

Our Treasurer Irene Budd received a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2014 New Year Honours List, for her continued work at The Christie Hospital.

One of the longest-serving nurses at The Christie, Irene Budd, has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

Irene Budd, 75, from Audenshaw, worked at The Christie, a specialist cancer centre based in Manchester, for 21 years before retiring in December 2000. She then returned to the trust as a bank nurse in January 2001. Irene has been awarded this prestigious honour for services to nursing.

Irene qualified as a nurse in January 1976, having started her training later in life, and has made an incredibly valuable contribution to The Christie. She trained as an enrolled nurse and undertook the conversion course to be a state registered nurse.

Throughout her working career at The Christie, which treats 40,000 patients a year, Irene was based mainly on female radiotherapy and brachytherapy wards caring for patients with gynaecological cancers. Irene was also a constant support to all her colleagues, assisting newly-qualified nurses.

Returning as a bank nurse for two days a week, Irene now usually works in outpatient clinics or as a patient escort. Irene would accompany inpatients who need to have a procedure done at another hospital, stay with them throughout the journey, whilst the procedure is taking place and then escort them back to The Christie.

Irene said; “I’m absolutely over the moon. When I first opened the letter I thought it must be a joke – but I feel so honoured to be recognised for doing something I love.

“I would like to dedicate this award to everyone who I’ve worked with over the years at The Christie.”

Chairman of The Christie, Lord Keith Bradley, said; “We are delighted that Irene has been recognised in this way. As a nurse for so many years, Irene has such empathy and a fantastic ability to put patients, relatives and staff at ease. She brings a calming influence to every area of her work and is warm, approachable and nothing is too much trouble.

“Irene stands out because of her life skills, exemplary communication skills and is exactly the right mix of youthfulness and maturity. Irene is held in the highest regard at The Christie. She is unflappable, down to earth and so knowledgeable.”

In June 2012, Irene appeared on ITV’s Tonight: For how long can we carry on working? as an example of a person wanting to work well past the state retirement age. Outside of work, Irene is married with three daughters and is part of her Local History Society. She has two King Charles Spaniels.

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Nurse Irene Budd is still caring for people at The Christie at 80 years-old – this is her incredible story

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