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Neighbours tell of shock at shootings news
Friends, colleagues and neighbours of the Bury family have spoken of their devastation after the shooting in Turkey. Stuart Minting reports
PASSIONATE healthcare advocate Anne Bury had been enjoying the fruits of a long and successful career with those she was closest to when tragedy unfolded at her dream holiday home.
Miss Bury had left her home of 12 years in the small North Yorkshire village of Swainby with her university student son, Alex, and mother, Cecille, of Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough, for a break in the sun.
The former South Tees NHS Trust senior midwife, who worked at The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, between 1992 and 2000 after gaining a degree at Gateshead School of Midwifery, had worked as a risk manager for an oil company in Dubai for the past 18 months.
She regularly visited her North Yorkshire bungalow, where her 24-year-old son lived between university courses, as he worked towards becoming a doctor.
POPULAR FAMILY: Anne Bury's bungalow in Swainby
Neighbour Stephen Garbutt, 72, a retired chemical engineer, said Miss Bury had paid close attention to her health and enjoyed the benefits of the warm climate in Turkey.
His wife, Jennifer, 70, said: “When I found out what had happened, I burst into tears.
“We could not have had better people to live next door to; we can never replace her.
“As a grandmother, it is terribly upsetting as we have watched Alex, who is a very easygoing and clever lad, grow up into such a lovely person.”
She said Alex, a former pupil at Stokesley School, had excelled in scientific subjects and played the keyboard.
Mr Garbutt said the Burys were an extremely close family and regularly returned to their former home town of Middlesbrough, where they spent time with Miss Bury’s mother, Cecille.
He said: “I never saw Anne get irritated by anything, and how they could have got into these circumstances I cannot imagine.”
'STABLE CONDITION': Mugla University Hospital, where Alex Bury is being treated
A spokeswoman for South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where Miss Bury had worked as a midwife before taking on senior NHS roles in delivering healthcare improvements, said she had been a popular and wellrespected member of staff. She said: “Anne was the trust’s first risk manager in maternity, with a real focus on quality and patient safety. She will be sadly missed by everyone who knew her.”
Miss Bury, who had spoken of her love for the area near her second home in Dalyan and the friendly local people, had also worked as the patient safety manager at North-East Strategic Health Authority and at Teesside University as an associate of the Enhancing Practice and Innovation Centre for Care.
IN CUSTODY: Suspect Velli Acar is led away
NHS director of safety Suzette Woodward said Miss Bury, the former patient safety manager at the National Patient Safety Agency, had been committed to improving healthcare, and would be missed by many people.
Alex’s colleagues at the Cleveland Tontine restaurant and hotel, in nearby Staddlebridge, where he had worked for five years as a waiter, said they had been shocked by the shooting.
A restaurant spokesman said: “He is a delightful young man, a joy to work with and much-loved by customers and colleagues. We send our heartfelt condolences to all the family and our hopes for a full and speedy recovery to Alex.”
More than 200 people, including family members, attended a church service in the Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, in Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, last night to pray for the family.
Alex is active in a number of organisations in the Roman Catholic church and travels to Lourdes, in France, every year, to work as a volunteer helper.
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