Retired nurse ‘instrumental’ in setting up comfort fund

A RETIRED district nurse who served the community for over 40 years has been honoured for her services to palliative and terminal care.
Eileen Doherty, who is a trustee of the Castlederg Patient Comfort and Terminally Ill Fund, has received the British Empire Medal (BEM).
Mrs Doherty, who retired in 2017, worked as a nurse for almost 50 years. For 36 of those years, she served as district nurse in Castlederg.
She was instrumental in bringing community and palliative care to the people of the border town.
Up until her retirement, she worked daily with cancer patients and patients who suffered from terminal illnesses.
Along with local GP, Dr Brendan O’Hare, Mrs Doherty set up the Castlederg Patient Comfort and Terminally Ill Fund.
The charity provides support to patients with cancer and other serious illnesses who live in the Castlederg and surrounding areas by offering help with personal and health needs, specialised equipment and financial support where there is hardship.
Since its formation, the charity has raised £500,000 for the care of local terminally ill people.
Dr Brian Dougan, who witnessed her work both professionally and on a personal level, paid a warm tribute to the district nurse when she retired.
Dr Dougan said, “It is a difficult time and an emotional time when people know that life’s journey is coming to an end. There are concerns about what those final moments are going to be like for the patient and it takes a very special person to step into that space. Eileen is that very special person.”
Meanwhile, a well-known agricultural contractor from Plumbridge has also received a BEM in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours
William Joseph McKelvey, a farmer based on the Draperstown Road at Castledamph, has been honoured for his services to the local community.
The father-of-three, who is 60 years old, is one of the directors of the Glenelly Development Association, chairman of the Glenelly Historical Society and holds various roles with the Upper Badoney Church of Ireland parish.


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