MAUREEN Taylor thinks so much of the nurse who helps her cope with Parkinson’s Disease that she wrote a poem about her.
And judges of a national competition encouraging the creativity of people with the condition liked Maureen’s efforts so much they are putting it in a calendar.
Maureen Taylor, aged 74, of Vicar Lane, Woodhouse, wrote Ode To My Parkinson’s Nurse in praise of Lynne Nelson, who is based at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.
“I have had Parkinson’s for about eight years and Lynne has supported me for four or five,” she said. “She’s excellent, very kind and very attentive. She cheers me up and I cheer her up!”
A former child care assistant at Handsworth First School, Maureen’s poem won the online North of England People’s Choice award in the Parkinson’s UK 2011 Mervyn Peake Awards in memory of the late illustrator, writer and poet. The awards celebrate the creativity of people with the disease in the categories of art, poetry, photography and digital art.
“I was surprised and delighted to hear that I had won the People’s Choice award and that my work will feature in the Parkinson’s UK calendar,” said Maureen. “I started at a creative writing class at the local library when I was 70 and I have written poems and limericks ever since.
“I’m sure my Parkinson’s has helped me and not hindered my progress in writing. I remember words in poetry when I cannot bring to mind the words I want in conversation.”
Maureen has been invited to the awards reception in London next month which will be attended by Mervyn Peake’s sons, Sebastian and Fabian, and his daughter Claire, along with author Joanne Harris.