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Georgina’s 30-plus years in the NHS in Ashbourne earns Unsung Hero spotlight

Ashbourne resident Georgina Robinson has devoted 30-plus years’ service to St Oswald’s Hospital – both the old and new sites – in Ashbourne.

Now catering assistant Georgina, aged 56, from Beech Drive, Ashbourne, has been recognised by the organisers of the national Unsung Hero Awards ( as a finalist in the lifetime service category. She is pictured (right) with her daughter Claire Smith and granddaughter Georgia Smith, aged two.

Starting as a hospital cleaner in 1987 she then spent many years in charge of the hospital laundry before taking up a role with the catering team when the hospital moved into its new building on Clifton Road.

Her devotion to her work, the patients and her colleagues, meant she did not take a single day’s sick leave in 29 years and only had time off last year in the most exceptional circumstances. She is described as an inspiration

Georgina will find out next Friday (23 February) if she has been crowned a national Unsung Hero 2018 at a glittering ceremony in Manchester. She will be accompanied by her daughter Claire Smith, of Cavendish Drive, Ashbourne, who also works at St Oswald’s Hospital as information manager.

The aim of the awards is to shout "loud and proud” about the hard work non-medical/non-clinical NHS staff do on a daily basis but that is often overlooked, despite non-medical employees making up nearly half of the workforce.        

Georgina’s colleagues are right behind her and keeping fingers crossed that she wins on the night.
Georgina, who is more accustomed to being behind the scenes and quietly getting on with things, said: "I just like providing the service. I’m amazed by being a finalist for this award – I’ve never had anything like this in my life. I’m so proud.”

Daughter Claire added: "Mum does the rounds with her food trolley, always has a smile on her face and checks everyone is okay as she goes. She will make an effect to pop her head in and greet patients with a smile. Through all of the changes she’s faced over 30 years, she’s taken them on the chin and always put the service and patients first.”

Good luck Georgina – you deserve to win!