As the nation gathered to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, one of our staff members also celebrated a huge milestone. Margaret Gosney (commonly known as Maggie) is celebrating 50 years in the care sector and we caught up with her during the Jubilee Party in St Albans where she reflected on her career:
“I've worked here at MacIntyre as a Support Worker for three years but I started in the NHS at Cell Barnes Hospital in 1972 when I was 16 years old. I worked there for seven years before doing two years as a cadet and another two years as a student nurse but I found that I wasn't very academic and preferred the hands-on experience. However, I still completed a lot of my NVQ’s and I was a first aider at work for 18 years.”
Maggie also discussed relocating to Germany with her husband in 1979. They lived there for over five years before returning back to Cell Barnes Hospital where she worked as a nurse doing night shifts and hasn’t looked back since.
Looking back on her favourite memory, Maggie said:
“I’ve got lots of good memories! Going on holiday with the service users and just watching their faces and seeing everybody so happy and different they are when they're away from their normal environment here and they're down by the sea and eating fish and chips out of paper you know it's just fantastic, I love it!”
You can watch the full interview below: