Lesley followed Flo’s path

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A descendant of Florence Nightingale who followed in her relative’s footstep by selflessly caring for dozens of families has died from a brain tumour.

Lesley Nightingale who worked as a district nurse for the last seven years passed away peacefully at her home in Rolleston Drive, Newthorpe last Wednesday, August 22.

The 62-year-old was dubbed ‘Flo’ by her patients because of her selfless bedside manner, caring attitude and commitment to voluntary work.

Having come late to the calling, she worked as a healthcare assistant for 25 years, before re-training as a nurse in her fifties.

She then began visiting patients in their homes as a palliative nurse.

However, in February she was diagnosed with a tumour – one month after being given the all-clear from breast cancer.

Despite the devastating news she remained positive – always putting patients before herself.

Daughter Shelley Nightingale said: “She was always one for thinking of others before herself. Even though she was poorly she would enquire about other people first.

“The family is very distressed. Although we were expecting it, we weren’t expecting it so quickly.

“All her patients loved her – I don’t know anybody who didn’t love her and some of them may not know that she has died.”

Fellow nurse and colleague, Erika Hitchcock, said: “She was totally selfless and put everybody before herself.

“She was the kindest person you could ever wish to meet.”

For funeral information contact Co-op Funeralcare, Eastwood.