Leonara retires after 33 years of service at Sheffield Royal Hallamshire

Leonara Thomas . Leonara Thomas   who has just retired.
Leonara Thomas . Leonara Thomas who has just retired.
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HOSPITAL cleaner Leanora Thomas is looking forward to a welcome break.

After 33 years of keeping the city’s hospitals clean, she deserves it.

The grandmother-of-three from Nether Edge in Sheffield has retired as a domestic assistant at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

“But I will miss it,” admitted Leanora, aged 65. “It is sad thinking I will not see my friends and colleagues every day.

“And I will miss the patients and their friendly faces.”

Leanora, of Sandford Grove Road, started working at Nether Edge Hospital more than three decades ago, and when it closed she moved to the Hallamshire.

“I’ve moved around the hospital, working on all sorts of wards, but in the last few years I’ve been on the H1 ward.”

Leanora, mum to four sons, was one of an army of 1,200 domestic workers working for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

“Most of the time my job was to clean the wards,” she said. “But I also gave out the tea when that was needed.

“I’ve really enjoyed it.”

Kenneth Nixon, 81, from Wadsley Bridge, who was an in-patient on H1 ward for four days while he recovered from an operation, told The Star: “She was fantastic, coming round with a great big smile every day.

“She would chat away while she did her jobs and really cheered the place up.

“I hope she really enjoys her retirement.”

Leanora, who moved to Sheffield from Jamaica in 1966, is looking forward to taking some time to travel.

“I’m looking forward to going back to the West Indies on holiday and visiting relatives in America,” she said.

“And I’m just looking forward to having a bit of a break.”