The winner of the Antrim Community Excellence award for Champion has been described as a “local Antrim Angel”.
Wini McCausland, a nurse in the Macmillan Unit at Antrim Area Hospital was nominated by the mother of Terri Moore, a young Antrim woman who died from cancer.
Nominating Wini, Terri’s mum commented: “i have nothing but praise for the whole team within the Macmillan unit, for all the doctors and nurses who cared for Terri throughout her illness.
“Sister Wini stands out for me and I will always remember the difference she made for me, my daughter and my grandchildren.
“Terri went to the unit to have her pain and her sickness better managed but the staff in the unit saw beyond these physical needs.
“Wini saw the needs of a young mummy who always wanted her children to know she loved them. Amazingly Wini organised a trip for Terri to “Build a Bear” in Belfast. Now her children have cherished teddies which when they squeeze they hear Terri’s voice, reminding them how precious they are to her.
“Wini saw the young woman who was daily getting weaker but loved to party and organised a few girly nights which included plenty of laughter, a movie and a Chinese. I cherish the photographs of these nights.
“Amidst all Terri’s suffering, Wini found unique ways to treat and care for Terri which meant she never lost her personality.
“I can never thank Wini enough for everything she did for us, and no words or anything I can say can describe what Wini and the Macmillan team mean to us and meant to Terri.
“I believe Wini is a wonderful champion for nursing and palliative care. I never knew what that term meant before Terri’s illness. Now I know it means care which is truly compassionate for the patient and their family. And without Wini and her team in the Macmillan unit, I wouldn’t have all the precious memories of Terri’s last days.”