2020 was a busy year for hospital workers, who braved the frontline to make sure vulnerable people received the vital care they needed during a most challenging time. Midwife Brenda Billington is one of our healthcare heroes. Putting aside concerns for her personal safety, Brenda continued working at the Rotunda Hospital during the lockdown, helping countless young couples to bring new life to the world. This selfless woman was, and continues to be, an amazing support and comfort to worried parents, colleagues, and everyone she encounters. One would be forgiven for thinking that Brenda’s sunny disposition denotes a carefree life. Truth be told, the last year has brought ill health to Brenda’s parents and parents in laws and placed considerable stress on her family. She’s juggled her career, family life and caring for her elders, and takes it all in her stride. She gives so much of herself to everyone, that there’s not time for self-care. Brenda’s husband, Kevin, wrote to us, explaining that she suffered hearing loss following a diving accident and her hearing ability is deteriorating. He asked us if we would consider her for the gift of hearing because she “hasn’t had the time to pursue treatment”.
Kevin told us “I just want to thank my beautiful wife Brenda” for “helping others and her huge part in helping me through our challenges this year”. We were delighted to oblige and we hope that Brenda’s new hearing aids will help her to hear the most beautiful sound that life has to give – the cry of a new-born baby.