Louth County Hospital memorial bench to the League of Friends Sweetie Lady

A MEMORIAL bench has been placed at Louth County Hospital to remember ‘The Sweetie Lady’ who helped to care for patients and visitors for more than 60 years.

Margaret Hardy was a familiar face around the hospital as she visited as a League of Friends volunteer for six decades.

She died in May 2011, aged 92, following illness, but her fellow League of Friends volunteers have now bought a bench in her memory sited outside the Urgent Care Centre, which is run by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS).

Margaret became involved with the League of Friends through her brother, John Luty, who was a founder member of the group.

Margaret’s niece Chris Freeland said: “This bench is something Margaret would really treasure. She would be really pleased with it.

“Margaret made such long-standing friendships with the people of Louth through her work. She knew all of the nurses and she got an awful lot back for what she did. She enjoyed doing it so much.”

Margaret’s dedication was recognised during her time as a volunteer when she was presented with the League of Mercy Medal at a ceremony at the Mansion House in London in 2005.

She was known as ‘The Sweetie Lady’ for the supply of sweets and chocolates she used to carry around with her. She would also visit people in their own homes to continue supporting their recovery.