It is with great sadness that UKAFN has to announce the passing last week of one of our family and Steering Group, Julie Tekin. Julie had been part of our group for several years, was one of our representatives for Sexual Offences but also our treasurer. In her day job, Julie worked as a Senior Forensic Nurse at the Northumbria SARC based in Newcastle.
Julie had been a qualified nurse for many years and had a varied career. Her experience included gynaecology, burns and plastics, community and district nursing and a secondment to the palliative care team as a Macmillan clinical nurse specialist. Julie then decided on a real change and moved to forensic nursing. Julie became involved in not only highlighting the SARC services to fellow professionals but was also very proactive in approaching schools and colleges, to teach their pupils about consent and capacity to consent, which she presented to us at our 2016 national conference.
Julie was a funny, cheeky, laughter-filled, kind, empathetic, caring, wonderful person and nurse. She fitted in with us right from the start and even when she got sick and was unable to come to our meetings, she left a huge hole in our group. She battled hard. Whenever we spoke to her during this journey, she was always doing what she did best, giving it her all.
While our loss is huge, it does not compare to the acute loss felt by Ayla and Josh, Julie’s children and her closest family and friends. We have lost a very precious member of our UKAFN family and our Julie was an incredibly special human being, and we will miss her immeasurably.
We also must pass our condolences to the family of Pauline Pearsall, who was also a steering group member between 2010 and 2015. Pauline’s career as a nurse was long as she always wanted to be a nurse and initially joined the cadets before undertaking her training to become a qualified nurse. She initially worked in theatres. After successfully commissioning a new state of the art theatre for her hospital, she was snapped up into management, eventually becoming the Assistant Director of Nursing.
Over the years having had to reapply for her own job six times Pauline decided to retire and joined Medacs as an advisor, and it was their Forensic Services which brought her into contact with UKAFN. Pauline remained an extremely committed and dedicated nurse who’s work with the Royal College of Nursing allowed UKAFN to build strong links which we still have today.
Pauline sadly passed away on May 1st following a stroke.