A former Moorlands woman has been honoured by HRH The Queen in the latest Honours List. Former Cheadle resident, Clare Ryder has been recognised in the list with a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to Mental Health and to the Community in Jersey, where she now lives.
A former Moorlands woman has been honoured by HRH The Queen in the latest Honours List.
Former Cheadle resident, Clare Ryder has been recognised in the list with a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to Mental Health and to the Community in Jersey, where she now lives.
Clare, who is a lead nurse for mental health on the Channel Island, told the Times & Echo: “It was most unexpected. The revelation from the Lieutenant Governor when he told me that I was to be made an MBE, literally stunned me into silence.
“I recall saying, this doesn’t happen to people like me.
“I then could not share with my wonderful family in Cheadle, due to the embargo that comes with these awards.”
Clare, who grew up in Cheadle, left the Moorlands with her husband and two daughters in 2013 to move to Jersey. Clare explained that she has been working to transform mental health services with colleagues, over the past few years.
She said: “Obviously Covid-19 tried to hinder this (work), but we have continued to make significant progress.
“Part of my role has included the transformation of our inpatient services and I have been a lead on current building project that set to provide the island with a new mental health facility.
“My first exposure to nursing and the place where I discovered my desire to become a nurse, was when volunteering at Cheadle Hospital when I was student at Painsley RC High School.
“Everything that I have and aim to achieve within mental health, has its origins in Cheadle.
“Much of my nurse training was at St Edward’s Hospital in Cheddleton and at Cheadle Hospital.”
Clare added: “I am so lucky to have my Dad and Mum, both born and continuing to live in Cheadle.
“They have supported me throughout my career. I have so many friends and family in Cheadle, I know the pandemic has been a real challenge for so many and I want them all to remember “it’s ok, not to be ok”, friends, family and services are there to help.”
Clare added of the honour: “It’s an immense privilege and a massive achievement for myself and the whole island (of Jersey) mental health community being awarded such an honour.”
Clare’s parents Melvyn and Margaret Chandler, who live in Cheadle, are very proud of their daughter’s achievements. They said: “The whole family are incredibly proud of you Clare. Well done.”
Clare’s sister, Caroline Cirino, added: “As you can imagine Clare’s whole family here in Cheadle are so very proud.
“Whilst we miss her and the family every day, the life that she has carved out for them is a beautiful one and the impact that she has had on the mental health services in Jersey is phenomenal.”
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