A CARING nurse who has dedicated her life to looking after others as been honoured as the ‘Woman of Oldham’ 2016.
Vera Dolan, 75, who lives in Dobcross, was presented with the accolade in front of around 200 admiring guests at the annual luncheon at The White Hart, Lydgate.
She received an ornate rose bowl along with a large bouquet of flowers, presented by the Woman of Oldham committee chairman Margaret Chadderton.
Vera spent most of her career as a nurse with Macmillan and also set up Oldham’s Cancer Aid Network 17 years ago to offer support to patients and their families.
Surprised but delighted at winning the award, Vera said: “It has been such a privilege to do something for so many years that has brought me so much joy.
“Some of the people I have met have been so incredible. They make you take a different view of life.
“To be able to help people is just so lovely and thank you to everyone who has welcomed me into their homes to help them.
“I absolutely loved my job and to get this award is unbelievable.”
Margaret praised Vera’s dedication and highlighted her popularity with people she has helped as well as across the community.
She said: “Margaret has always gone above and beyond her duties in her dedication and care for her patients. She is thought of very highly by so many families.
“She has always been there for everybody who needs her and gives her time freely. People cannot speak highly enough of her.”
Throughout 2016, The Woman of Oldham committee have held various fundraising, including a silent auction and tapas night, in aid of the Kingfisher Community Special School.