Thanksgiving service to be held in memory of award-winning nurse

Joan Longstaff
Joan Longstaff
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A former Mayoress, and award-winning district nursing sister, has died at the age of 66.

Joan Longstaff SRN, SCM, DN (Cert), Nurse Tutor, and district nursing sister died at home on August 2 after a lengthy battle with a soft tissue cancer known as Leiomyosarcoma.

Joan was born in Cockermouth in 1947 and in 1964 moved to Manchester to start as a cadet nurse at Hope Hospital in Salford.

In 1969, after gaining her State Registered Nurse qualification, Joan moved to Swindon to commence her Midwifery training.

Joan there met John and they married soon after she completed her midwifery course in 1970.

After working in hospitals in Swindon and Burford she moved with her husband to the Fylde Coast.

She then worked at Preston in the Royal Deepdale Infirmary and in St Annes at the War Memorial Hospital before commencing work as a district nurse in Blackpool in 1979.

In 2002 Joan was awarded the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother’s Award for Outstanding Service in District Nursing (above).

Joan retired in 2003 and went on to be Mayoress of Fylde.

She fell ill while on holiday in Rome in March of 2011 and had sessions of radiotherapy at Preston and chemotherapy at The Christie.

Former Mayor, husband John, expressed his thanks to everyone for their support for Joan over the recent period, and praised the work of the Christie Hospital.

A thanksgiving service will be held at St Thomas’s Church followed by a Private Cremation. The date is not yet known but it will be family flowers only and donations in lieu for the Christie Hospital or SarcomaUK, care of the funeral director Mr David Pope of Lytham Funeral Service.