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Our Staff Stories

If you have a story you'd like to share, we'd love to add it to our archive, so please get in touch.

Thank you to all those who have shared their stories.

Ethel Mary Edge
Ethel Mary Edge

Ethel Mary Edge was a Matron’s Maid and kitchen assistant from 1952 until her passing in 1970.

Juliet Ross née Priest
Juliet Ross née Priest

"It was a wonderful training for me in more ways than nursing - I was a hippy converted to Jesus with very few practical or people skills. They were important formative years both as a Christian and young woman..."

Joan Plant, nee Conway, 1929-2008
Joan Plant, nee Conway, 1929-2008

Dear Mildmay, I recently came across your website and was particularly interested in the archive section, as my mother (Joan Plant, nee Conway, 1929-2008) worked there as a nurse 1949-52.

Barry Rowan
Barry Rowan

Barry loved every stick and stone of Mildmay Mission Hospital. He was once a patient, and worked hard as a volunteer chaplain and patient representative on the Trustee Board. Our chaplain, Sister Bernie, tells us more...

Kathleen Florence Read 1931 - 2022
Kathleen Florence Read 1931 - 2022

Kathleen was involved with Mildmay since the late 1980s. Kathleen kept the papers of the Friends of Mildmay, the Mildmay Trust, the Mildmay Council and Islington community contact for very many years.

Sharon Smith
26 years of love for Mildmay
Sharon Smith
26 years of love for Mildmay

Sharon first started at Mildmay in 1993 as a temporary secretary working for the chaplains, but after walking in and seeing the hospital for the very first time, she knew immediately she “wanted to stay, and it has been 26 years since that moment”.

The Reverend Canon John Stanley OBE
The Reverend Canon John Stanley OBE

"She used to regale us with stories about Mildmay. She did her training as a nurse at Mildmay. They were good stories and clearly impressed us with the work you were doing."

Eva Heymann
Eva Heymann

"On hearing about the death of Eva Heymann, who died peacefully in the early hours of 12th February 2021, in her 94th year, I remembered the time I had invited her back to Mildmay."

Helen Taylor Thompson OBE, née Laurie-Walker, 1924-2020
Helen Taylor Thompson OBE, née Laurie-Walker, 1924-2020

Helen fought the closure of the Mildmay Hospital and became its Chair when it reopened as the first hospice in Europe for people living with AIDS in 1988.

Bert Miller
Bert Miller

We first heard about the amazing Bert Miller when his daughter, Phyllis, contacted us wanting to share the photos her father had saved from a skip outside Mildmay.

Mandy Day-Calder
Mandy Day-Calder

Enjoying a few days in London so myself and my partner decided to take a trip down memory lane…

Maud and Charlie Haynes
Maud and Charlie Haynes

In August 2023 we received a lovely letter from Christine telling us about her aunt and uncle and their experiences at Mildmay. Maud was a nurse at Mildmay in 1921, but there is so much more...

May Williams (1920s)
May Williams (1920s)

My mother, May Williams, completed a one-year midwifery course at Mildmay Mission Hospital in the late 1920s.

Teri Milewska
Teri Milewska

"I finally decided to go to a service at St Jude's this morning. As soon as I told them where I work, they invited me to speak..." 

Teri Milewska
Teri Milewska

In 2011 Mildmay sent a former colleague (Lynne Hulka) and me to a project in Ukraine to facilitate some HIV teaching. Here is the reflection I wrote about my experience in Irpen, Ukraine."

Jennie Mary Jones and the hospital with a difference!
Jennie Mary Jones and the hospital with a difference!

"I have pleasure in forwarding to you the enclosed booklet. This came into my possession on the passing of my aunt. She often spoke to me of the time that she worked at the Mildmay..."

Sister Eunice
Sister Eunice

Sister Eunice was 96 when she died in early 2021. Her great-nephew Alastair gave the tribute to his aunt at her Thanksgiving Service on 9 March 2021, from which I learned a lot about her background.

Rosemary Kirsch (née Churchill)
Rosemary Kirsch (née Churchill)

"I worked at Mildmay for a short period of time in 1980-81. The highlight of my time there was working with the children who had special needs..."

Veronica Moss
Veronica Moss

"I first met Helen Taylor Thompson when she invited me to join the Steering Committee she chaired that led the petition and campaign to re-open the Mildmay Mission Hospital after its closure by the NHS in 1982."

Valerie R
Valerie R

I did my training at Mildmay from 1954-57. I spent 3 years at Mildmay with the middle one at the Royal London, where life was very different. I said, 'even the bedpans were a different shape!'

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If you have a story you'd like to share, we'd love to add it to our archive, so please get in touch.

Thank you to all those who have shared their stories.