Pastures new for school nurse

PUBLISHED: 15:38 30 September 2008 | UPDATED: 09:44 10 June 2010

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30: AN Exmouth Community College school nurse, who was a maternal figure", has retired after 14 years. Sue Mendham, of Salterton Road, who was a first aid nurse at the community college, has retired to spend time doing voluntary work and is looking forward t

AN Exmouth Community College school nurse, who was a "maternal figure", has retired after 14 years.Sue Mendham, of Salterton Road, who was a first aid nurse at the community college, has retired to spend time doing voluntary work and is looking forward to "finally using my bus pass!"The 63-year-old started her career travelling all over the world doing wardrobe work for the Royal Ballet then went on to work at the BBC, on hit TV shows like Morecambe and Wise.Wanting to work with children she went to the college where, she says: "All the students thought I had got the job only because of my name, mend'em."She said: "The school has grown in size since I have been there as well as in the amount of support it gives to the students."There is a very good networking system within the school."We had a haemophilic pupil in the school once which was difficult but never anything more serious, although there have been a lot of food allergies."A party was held in her memory at the Royal Beacon Hotel and she was given a paper weight with the school crest on it as her retirement present. Head teacher Tony Alexander said: "She was a delightful lady - loved by all and very much a maternal figure.

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