Tributes to Rugby Myton Hospice ‘angel’ Lesley Beards

Much-loved Lesley Beards
Much-loved Lesley Beards

Friends and colleagues of Myton nurse Lesley Beards have paid tribute to a “true Myton angel” following her death.

Lesley, who lived in Newbold, joined Rugby Myton Day Hospice as a senior staff nurse in 2010 and spent the next four years caring for hundreds of patients and their families.

During her illness she was incredibly brave and continued caring for others

Day hospice Sister Camilla Brookes

She was diagnosed with cancer last summer and spent time in Myton’s Warwick inpatient unit where she died on February 26.

She was known for offering support, advice and a warm and friendly smile.

Colleagues say her huge heart made her an instant hit with patients, families, volunteers and staff alike and she soon became a much-loved and respected member of the Myton team.

Before her illness was announced last July, Lesley received the first Myton Excellence in Nursing and Care Award at the charity’s 2014 Celebration Evening for her amazing ability to effortlessly combine all of Myton’s values into one perfect package.

Myton chief executive Kate Lee said: “With her common sense and gentle smile she had an incredible ability to make you feel better about yourself and the challenges ahead, but it will be for Lesley’s warm and occasionally outrageous sense of humour that I’m sure many of us will remember her best.

“There is something about the death of a Myton nurse that somehow seems wrong, as they are normally the carers and not the one to be cared for. Lesley will be deeply missed across the organisation and our thoughts are with her family and loved ones.”

Day hospice Sister Camilla Brookes said it was a pleasure to work with Lesley.

She said: “She was an amazing woman and a very special part of our team.

“Lesley was always committed to giving patients the highest standard of care and strived for the best. During her illness she was incredibly brave and continued caring for others.

“She always made sure we were all looked after and had someone to talk to. We will all miss her very much.”

Although she was based in Rugby, Lesley became well known across Myton’s other hospices in the area in her role as lead nurse for infection control.

She leaves husband John, two sons and two grandchildren.

Lesley’s funeral took place on Friday.