Popular housekeeper at West Suffolk Hospital retires after 23 years

Staff at West Suffolk Hospital have thrown a retirement bash for popular housekeeper Sandra Smart, who is leaving after 23 years in the job ANL-141118-115841001
Staff at West Suffolk Hospital have thrown a retirement bash for popular housekeeper Sandra Smart, who is leaving after 23 years in the job ANL-141118-115841001
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A housekeeper at West Suffolk Hospital who is retiring after 23 years says she has ‘loved every minute’ but is looking forward to putting her feet up.

Sandra Smart, 69, from Bury St Edmunds, was thrown a big retirement bash on Monday in the hospital’s committee room.

Sandra, who started working at the hospital in 1991, said she is looking forward to putting her feet up, relaxing and seeing more of her family and five grandchildren.

She said: “I have loved every minute of it but have had enough now. I am just planning to put my feet up.

“I will miss the community feeling at the hospital and the people here most of all.
“Everyone helps each other out - there’s a really nice group of people here.”

Sandra was given an unusual leaving present at the party - a summer work shirt.

“I have been asking for one of these because I get too hot - and now they finally give me one after 20 odd years!”

Senior housekeeper Jackie Sharmann said she would miss her friend.

“She is a real character - we have had a lot of laughs over the years.

“I have worked with her for nine years and shall miss her terribly.

“We’ve already had tears this morning.”

Facilities Manager Riva Knight said: “I have known her for ten years and she has always got lots to say.

“She is very funny, very conscientious - it has been a pleasure working with her.

“Everyone is really going to miss her.”