My weekend: Retiring midwife Sheila Jackson from Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 15:00 03 August 2013 | UPDATED: 09:22 05 August 2013

Sheila, with husband Geoff, spent 38 years delivering babies

Sheila, with husband Geoff, spent 38 years delivering babies


Sheila Jackson, 61, from Hornchurch, is retiring as a midwife after 38 years. She is married to Geoff, 62, and has three grandchildren, Sienna, two, and identical twins Harvey and Alfie, six.

What do you like to do at the weekend?

If I’m not working I’ll relax with my family, although often my husband is working when I’m off! We like going to the park or we might go for a meal. Today I’m at the Brighton Sea Life Centre with my grandchildren and it’s brilliant, really good.

You’ve had a bad day. What makes you smile?

I think arriving home from work and my husband presenting me with a glass of cold wine. That would make me feel better. Also talking about the day would help and ringing my grandchildren and them saying “Love you nanny, lots”.

That cheers me up.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasure is chocolate, although I suppose it is a bit naughty really, and I like going shopping at Lakeside or popping into Tesco. That would be it, retail therapy.

What’s the oddest thing you’ve ever seen?

Well we were travelling to see my husband’s cousin off to Australia, travelling on the M25. A car passed us covered in artificial grass, as it was advertising it. I suppose that was quite odd.

If you had £1,000 to spend, where would you spend it, and what would you spend it on?

I think a relaxing holiday away with my husband. I think I would go to Malta. We have got friends there but haven’t been for a long time. I definitely go there again, it has good weather and good company.

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