A NURSE who fulfilled her mother’s dying wish to “go and be the special person you were meant to be” has won a top accolade for her selfless and passionate approach to her profession.

Julie Noble, a carer at HC-One’s Jack Dormand Care Home, in Horden, east Durham, was named as Nurse of the Year at the prestigious National Care Awards 2017.

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Julie, 50, of Easington Lane, said: “When my mother was poorly she to told me to go and be the special person and be the best you can be. It inspired me. I have a passion to care and that’s what I have done.

“I was an auxiliary worker at the time and went on, at the age of 37, to train as a nurse.

“I grew up in a pit village and only ever had my school grades. I never in a million year thought I was bright enough to go to university and become an nurse. It’s never too late.”

Jack Dormand Care Home held a celebratory open dayu attended by HC-One chief executive Justin Hutchens and and dignitaries. The award was in recognition of her “outstanding clinical and managerial qualities” and “high level of dedication”.