Midwives recognised for their dedication at awards in memory of popular colleague

Jodie Webb (collecting the award on behalf of Sue Ridley), Karen Seeley (Hannah's mum), Patricia Davis (head of midwifery), Karen Green (midwife of the year) and Katherine Burrows (student midwife of the year). ANL-150917-125948001
Jodie Webb (collecting the award on behalf of Sue Ridley), Karen Seeley (Hannah's mum), Patricia Davis (head of midwifery), Karen Green (midwife of the year) and Katherine Burrows (student midwife of the year). ANL-150917-125948001

Midwives at West Suffolk College have been recognised for their dedication at an awards ceremony in memory of a popular colleague.

Four special accolades were handed out during the third annual Hannah Seeley Awards Ball at Ravenwood Hall - attended by about 100 of the young midewife’s former colleagues.

Elaine Sirrell (midwifery care assistant of the year) collecting her award from Peter Harris, consultant obstetrician / gynaecologist. ANL-150917-125938001

Elaine Sirrell (midwifery care assistant of the year) collecting her award from Peter Harris, consultant obstetrician / gynaecologist. ANL-150917-125938001

Hannah, 21, died in a car crash in April 2012 while driving home to Stanton from work.

Patricia Davis, head of midwifery, said: “This annual ceremony is a fantastic way to remember our colleague Hannah, whilst also celebrating the hard work and dedication which takes place every day within the maternity unit.”

Karen Green scooped the Hannah Seeley midwife of the year award for introducing the same level of care across the labour suite as women experience in the hospital’s midwifery-led birthing unit.

Midwifery care assistant of the year was Elaine Sirrell after ‘receiving excellent feedback from the women she looks after and for her positive attitude and willingness to help whenever necessary’.

Katherine Burrows was named student midwife of the year after organising a placement in Africa to learn more about maternity care in Ghana. She presented her findings to colleagues in Bury.

A special award was also presented to personal assistant Sue Ridley for the support she provides to the maternity team and her efforts in arranging the ball.

Mrs Davis said they used the event to raise funds for charity in Hannah’s name. So far they have used the money to pay for an additional birthing pool in the midwifery-led birthing unit and now hope to refurbish a delivery room within the labour suite.