A senior nurse at RAF Halton is celebrating after being awarded a royal honour for her medical work.
Sister Joy Rickcord, a senior civilian nurse at Halton’s regional medical centre has been given a Venerable Order of St John.
The honour recognises her long-term service to the centre in the field of health governance.
Miss Rickcord was born in Princes Risborough and went to The Grange School in Aylesbury.
She qualified as a nurse in Hampshire in 1976.
She said: “When I received a letter informing me I had received the award my initial reaction was one of surprise.
“It took a while for it to sink in but I am absolutely delighted and very proud to be the recipient of such an honour.”
Miss Rickcord is currently engaged to be married to a medical officer at RAF Halton, wing commander Raj Vaikunthanathan.