A STOURBRIDGE woman has put pen to paper to turn her recollections of training to be a nurse in the 1960s into a charity booklet.

Elizabeth Allport, of Oldswinford, decided to write her memoirs about her days as a student nurse at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham from 1965 to 1968.

'My Story - Nursing in the 60s' has already sold around 180 copies but anyone keen to read Elizabeth's thoughtful recollections of bygone days can still get their hands on copies from shops in Oldswinford including Swinford Pharmacy and Julian Hill Opticians.

Elizabeth, a member of Oldswinford Writing Group which meets at The Crabmill pub, said: "People were always saying 'you should write a book'. I'd thought about it for some time - it was an interesting era the 60s."

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After training in Birmingham and starting her career at Birmingham General Hospital - Elizabeth worked at Corbett Hospital from 1970 as ward sister on the men's surgical ward, and after having a family she worked at Birmingham Children's Hospital and later returned to the QE as night sister. She also worked at The Priory in Birmingham before switching careers and becoming a health and social care teacher for colleges across the Black Country.

She later went onto become an Ofsted inspector before retiring in 2014.

Money raised from the sale of the booklet will go to the charity Spinal Research - a cause close to her heart as her son James, a former Stourbridge RFC player, was left paralysed from the neck down after he was injured during a rugby match at Stourton Park in 1998 when he was just 21.

Elizabeth, aged 71, hopes to raise up to £600 for the charity which she said is at the forefront of some "amazing" research into treatment for spinal injuries.

To date she has had around 200 copies of the booklet printed but is happy to order more if there is sufficient demand.

Copies are available for £3 from the shops or people can email Elizabeth directly at elizabeth.allport@blueyonder.co.uk.