Tributes to Newport's "nurse in a million"

MUCH MISSED: Margaret Went, who died suddenly last Monday

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Margaret Went from Maindee (8422533)

First published in News

TRIBUTES have been flooding in to a “nurse in a million”, charity volunteer and former ward sister from Newport who died suddenly last week.

Margaret Went, who worked at St Woolos Hospital for 26 years before retiring in 2008, died on Monday, July 14 after a busy weekend helping others.

Mrs Went, 71, who was born in Newport to Scottish parents, worked with charity Samaritans for 25 years and had just finished a weekend shift before she died.

The dedicated volunteer also worked at the service C.H.A.a.T., Care Home Ask and Talk, C.H.A.a.T., which aims to improve older people’s experience of nursing homes.

Denise Llewellyn, director of nursing at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, said: “She was a real ambassador for nursing and a steadfast advocate for patients.

“Even though Margaret was retired from the NHS, I was overwhelmed at her dedication and unfailing commitment to continue to help people.

She added: “It is a very special kind of nurse who continues to use their skills and experience for the greater good and Margaret was exceptional.

“I feel privileged to have known Margaret.”

Daughter Geraldine Went said her mother was a keen rugby fan who absolutely adored her nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Nurses Tanya Strange and Claire Aston said it was Mrs Went’s boundless enthusiasm which led to the development of the C.H.A.a.T. volunteer service.

“Always smiling and with an infectious laugh, Margaret was a treasured friend.

“C.H.A.a.T. is her legacy and we shall miss her dreadfully.

“Words cannot describe the deep sadness we feel at Margaret’s passing.”

Mrs Went also chaired the Gwent branch of the NHS Retirement Fellowship for the last few months before she died.

The national chairman of the Retirement Fellowship, Cynthia Matthews, said: “She tackled the role with enthusiasm and humour and was respected by all the branch members and the wider membership throughout the UK.”

Mrs Went joined the Samaritans 26 years ago and held a range of roles.

Samaritans director Peter Edmunds said: “It was with much sadness that we heard of the sudden death of Margaret. She was a longstanding and dedicated member of Newport Samaritans.

“She will be greatly missed - by her colleagues, the patients she cared for in their homes and the callers for whom she showed great empathy.”

The funeral will be held at 1pm on Monday, July 28 at St John’s Church, Newport, and then afterwards at Rodney Parade.

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11:48am Tue 22 Jul 14

ollie72 says...

Sorry to hear of this lovely person passing - but if the tributes are anything to go by, she has left the world a better place, and will be remembered for the good she has done.

At a time when there is so much bad news and negativity in the world, it is good to know that people like this were still doing their bit.

Condolences to her family, I hope the positive comments from those that knew her help you through this.
Sorry to hear of this lovely person passing - but if the tributes are anything to go by, she has left the world a better place, and will be remembered for the good she has done. At a time when there is so much bad news and negativity in the world, it is good to know that people like this were still doing their bit. Condolences to her family, I hope the positive comments from those that knew her help you through this. ollie72
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9:19pm Tue 22 Jul 14

gingertom says...

So sad, RIP!
So sad, RIP! gingertom
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9:27pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Debbie Escott says...

Such a lovely tribute to my Aunty Margaret, she will be missed by so many people R.I.P. Aunty M xxxxxx .love you loads , deb ****
Such a lovely tribute to my Aunty Margaret, she will be missed by so many people R.I.P. Aunty M xxxxxx .love you loads , deb **** Debbie Escott
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10:53pm Tue 22 Jul 14

brummie65 says...

One hell of a fantastic women, i knew her as a ward sister and will remember her with great fondness. One of the first ward based nurses i ever met when i was on penhow ward many years ago as a student nurse. She was somone i looked upto and learned from. I feel sad at this news xx

with love
stephen ruperra ward
x
One hell of a fantastic women, i knew her as a ward sister and will remember her with great fondness. One of the first ward based nurses i ever met when i was on penhow ward many years ago as a student nurse. She was somone i looked upto and learned from. I feel sad at this news xx with love stephen ruperra ward x brummie65
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2:15am Wed 23 Jul 14

hardys1853 says...

ollie72 wrote:
Sorry to hear of this lovely person passing - but if the tributes are anything to go by, she has left the world a better place, and will be remembered for the good she has done.

At a time when there is so much bad news and negativity in the world, it is good to know that people like this were still doing their bit.

Condolences to her family, I hope the positive comments from those that knew her help you through this.
So saddened by this news, Margaret was my ward sister for 12 years on penhow ward, n not only was she a ward sister but she helped me through some really tough times n became a really good friend! Nothing was to much trouble n always went out of her way to help other people, she truly was an amazing lady R.I.P x
[quote][p][bold]ollie72[/bold] wrote: Sorry to hear of this lovely person passing - but if the tributes are anything to go by, she has left the world a better place, and will be remembered for the good she has done. At a time when there is so much bad news and negativity in the world, it is good to know that people like this were still doing their bit. Condolences to her family, I hope the positive comments from those that knew her help you through this.[/p][/quote]So saddened by this news, Margaret was my ward sister for 12 years on penhow ward, n not only was she a ward sister but she helped me through some really tough times n became a really good friend! Nothing was to much trouble n always went out of her way to help other people, she truly was an amazing lady R.I.P x hardys1853
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2:18am Wed 23 Jul 14

hardys1853 says...

ollie72 wrote:
Sorry to hear of this lovely person passing - but if the tributes are anything to go by, she has left the world a better place, and will be remembered for the good she has done.

At a time when there is so much bad news and negativity in the world, it is good to know that people like this were still doing their bit.

Condolences to her family, I hope the positive comments from those that knew her help you through this.
So saddened by this news, Margaret was my ward sister for 12 years on penhow ward, n not only was she a ward sister but she helped me through some really tough times n became a really good friend! Nothing was to much trouble n always went out of her way to help other people, she truly was an amazing lady R.I.P x
[quote][p][bold]ollie72[/bold] wrote: Sorry to hear of this lovely person passing - but if the tributes are anything to go by, she has left the world a better place, and will be remembered for the good she has done. At a time when there is so much bad news and negativity in the world, it is good to know that people like this were still doing their bit. Condolences to her family, I hope the positive comments from those that knew her help you through this.[/p][/quote]So saddened by this news, Margaret was my ward sister for 12 years on penhow ward, n not only was she a ward sister but she helped me through some really tough times n became a really good friend! Nothing was to much trouble n always went out of her way to help other people, she truly was an amazing lady R.I.P x hardys1853
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