A 61-year-old who began working for West Suffolk Hospital at the age of 19 finally ‘hung up her mop’ on Thursday.
As well as her house-keeping role at the Bury St Edmunds hospital, Gill Malik spent 13 years as a Unison steward and 10 years on the National Executive Committee standing up for people on low wages.
The mother-of-three, from Bury, plans to spend more time looking after her husband, Tony, and fulfilling their love of travel and of supporting Bury Town Football Club.
“I’m going to enjoy having energy for my own housework – there’s certainly plenty of it waiting for me,” she told colleagues at her retirement party this week.
Her predecessor Anne Robertson, who retired 10 years ago, said: “I hope Gill enjoys it as much as I do.”
Her manager, Carlos Alves, said: “I hope that she has a lovely retirement. It’s always sad to see a member of staff go, especially someone like Gill who has worked in the team for so long, but I wish her all the best in her new venture in life.”