A NURSE who has given 23 years of service to a vital palliative care charity is retiring to spend more time with her family.

Elaine Lane has been a valued member of the Paul Sartori Foundation team since she joined as a nursing assistant in 1995.

In that time she has brought compassion, kindness and a great deal of support to many grieving patients and families alike.

As one of Paul Sartori's longest serving members of staff, earlier this year she joined charity manager Sandra Dade at a Buckingham Palace garden party - an event she said she will 'always remember'.

Phil Thompson, chairman of Paul Sartori, said “The board and I would like to thank Elaine for her dedication and loyalty to Paul Sartori Foundation over the years, she will be greatly missed.”

“Elaine has been a hugely popular member of the team and will be dearly missed by her many friends here at Paul Sartori,” said Pat Coombs, Clinical Co-ordinator.

“We all wish her many happy years of retirement.”

Elaine, who recently sold her family home in Milford Haven, has decided now is the right time to retire, so she can spend more time with family and friends, relaxing and enjoying herself.

Paul Sartori provides a range of services to Pembrokeshire people living in the final stages of a life limiting illness, including home nursing care, equipment loan, complementary therapy, bereavement and counselling support, clinical nurse specialist in palliative care, physiotherapy, advance care planning and training.

These enable people in the later stages of any life limiting illness to be cared for and to die at home with dignity, independence, pain free and surrounded by those they hold most dear if that is their wish.

Services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, thanks to the generosity and support of local people.

For more information visit paulsartori.org, or telephone 01437 763223.