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Memorial for beloved colleague

Relatives of a beloved colleague who died suddenly last year planted a tree in her honour at the opening of a tranquil memorial garden at Moseley Hall Hospital.

Relatives of Jane Lapsey, who worked in a variety of learning and development roles during a 20-year NHS career, planted a Japanese maple tree in a quiet, seldom used space next to the historic Old Hall conservatory. The family has also donated a bench for the garden.

Jane’s parents, daughters and grandchildren attended a reception event to in her honour, with colleagues sharing their memories in pictures, poetry and prose.

Head of learning and development Heather Wilby said: “We’re delighted that Jane’s family were able to join us so that they realise how much she meant to us and how, even though she’s no longer with us, she’s a pioneer as the first colleague to be commemorated in this wonderful new garden.

Moseley Hall memorial garden opening
(l-r) head of learning & development Heather Wilby helps Jane's daughters Rachel Vincent and Emma Lapsley-Harrison plant a tree in her memory.
Jane Lapsley
Jane Lapsley

“I got to know Jane very well over 20 years and her most special quality was to get colleagues who were quite reluctant learners - who didn’t believe they could progress - to believe in themselves and believe they could do it.

“She was a dedicated, respected and well loved member of our team.

We are missing her terribly but we will endeavour to keep that positive, supportive approach – and her memory – alive.”