Dawn Adams worked at a Kimberley doctors surgery for 22 years before she retired last week, and was described by staff as ‘a lovely person who was always prepared to help anybody’.
The 61-year-old receptionist took early retirement from the Hama Medical Practice so her and her partner could travel around Europe in their motorhome.
Staff said she would be ‘greatly missed’ and threw her a leaving bash last week with tea and cake where patients and colleagues all came along to send her off.
Practice manager Julie Thurlby said: “Lots of patients came in just to give her a good send off and bring her a little something.
“Work colleagues came too, including ones that weren’t on duty that day.
“She was a lovely, easy going colleague,” added Julie.
“She was always prepared to help anybody. I’ll really miss her”
Dawn, who has lived in Kimberley all her life, was the surgery’s ‘carers champion’, informing carers of their rights and benefits, and promoting services that were available to them.
Dr Zahida Hama said: “From hand written prescriptions and notes to computerisation, Dawn has walked with us, always bubbly and pleasant.
“Dawn helped us get to know the local community as there are things about Kimberley that only she knows, and has helped us to serve the local community well.
“She has always been very popular with patients and staff. We will miss her very much.”
Surgery staff bought her a garden swing, plants, flowers and engraved glasses.
Dawn, of Newdigate Street, said she was ‘very sad to leave’.
“There are things I wanted to do before I got too old to enjoy them but I am very sad to leave.
“It’s a sad choice, but for me it was the right choice,” she said.
“It was a great place to work. They were lovely people to work with and very supportive. The girls on reception and the patients were just amazing.
“I’ve had patients been coming in for the last month with cards to say goodbye.”
Dawn previosuly worked at Kimberley’s Wolsey factory and Jessops, which is now John Lewis.