Sunrise of Bagshot is celebrating International Women’s Day by recognising a remarkable team member, Rachel Walker, and a much-loved resident, Eileen Butler.
Eileen Butler, 88, has lived at Sunrise of Bagshot for one year and notes Vera Lynn as being one of the most inspirational women in her life for her role in lifting people’s spirits during the Second World War. Marking International Women’s Day, Eileen advices women around the world to “see things from other people’s point of view”.
The care home is also recognising Rachel Walker who is the Deputy Manager at Sunrise of Bagshot. Rachel had wanted to become a nurse from when she was a teenager and went on to study Adult Nursing at Reading University before working in Emergency Medicine across a variety of trauma units. She then moved to Charing Cross Hospital in London where she worked as an A&E Sister. Rachel then specialised in emergency nursing, publishing research along the way, and says that this experience gave her plenty of opportunities to “meet lots of different people and learn from some excellent leaders in the world of medicine.”
After deciding to take a new professional direction and move into management, Rachel attended night school and went on to complete an MBA. She then joined Sunrise of Bagshot, saying that this care home is “where I have always wanted to be, and I made it”.
Speaking of her experiences over the last year, Rachel said: “if 2020 has taught us anything, it is that we are strong and we can succeed in all that we do and overcome the unexpected challenges we face along the way.”
Reflecting on International Women’s Day, Rachel recalls the lessons she learnt from her mother that, “if you are going to do something, do it right and give it your all”. She also says that advice from her Grandad’s late wife Dorothy, who also used to work in a care home, taught her that “nursing is a passion, a vocation and a really special gift that can make a difference to every patient you ever encounter”.
Her message to women is “if you dream it, then work hard with determination and commitment, and you will achieve it!” She says that she has achieved more than she ever dreamt possible, adding that she is now immensely proud to be a nurse and to work with so many inspirational people.
Speaking of Rachel, Anna Chioariu, Sunrise of Bagshot’s General Manager, said:
“Rachel is a true asset to Sunrise of Bagshot. Her experience, character and dedication to the wellbeing of our residents is second to none and our entire team is proud that she is part of our care home. International Women’s Day provides us with an opportunity to recognise exceptional women around the world, and Rachel is our very own example of an outstanding woman.”
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