Ruth Brown is from a local farming family, never moving far from her childhood home of Chelmorton. Ruth and her husband Ken farmed at Five Wells near Taddington for 20 years where they brought up their two children. Sadly Ruth’s husband Ken died in 2010, but her three grandsons are a great joy.
Secondary school saw the death of her father, a pivotal moment where education lost its appeal. On leaving school and marrying, young Ken and Ruth fostered 27 children and this saw a return to education for Ruth at the local college, achieving numerous qualifications.
Having secured a job with the NHS as a nursing auxiliary at Baslow surgery in 1987, the ongoing support of GPs furthered Ruth’s nursing career in 2001. At the age of 47, Ruth began her nurse training at Sheffield University, medical prescribing with a specialist practitioner degree followed at Sheffield Hallam. She returned to Baslow surgery as District Nurse and Community Matron in 2007.
With a passion for good End-of-Life care and skills honed, Ruth was appointed as the Hospice at Home Manager in 2016 at Blythe House Hospicecare. Creating a new service that assured quality care for those wishing to die at home was her greatest achievement.
On retiring in March 2021, a chance to give back to the Hospice was realised with varied volunteering roles and the wonderful opportunity to become a Clinical Trustee and further support the Hospice to a bright future.