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Karen Henderson

Jul 21, 2017

It is with great sadness we have to inform you that former Florence Nightingale Hospice Matron Karen Henderson died unexpectedly, but peacefully, on Thursday 13 July.

Karen worked within Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust for more than 30 years, initially in the National Spinal Injuries Centre (1977-1989) which she left to set up Florence Nightingale Hospice which opened in 1989.

She worked initially as Senior Sister and subsequently as Matron until her retirement in 2010 after 40 years of NHS service.

Karen was an outstanding nurse and Matron and cared for and supported many patients and families through the most difficult of times. She was also an inspirational leader to all of the Hospice staff and volunteers.

Since her retirement Karen continued to support the Hospice and its Charity through her voluntary work.

Sue Jenkins, CEO of Florence Nightingale Hospice, said: “It has been a privilege to work with Karen over the last ten years, both in her professional capacity as Matron and latterly as a committed volunteer and Ambassador for the Charity. Karen made an outstanding contribution to Hospice Care for 30 years along with her husband Jim, who served as a Charity Trustee, Treasurer and Director of Shops over the same period until his death late last year. Karen will be missed by many, both colleagues and volunteers and will be remembered with great affection.”

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