IT WAS a special day for June Chambers who was given recognition for her hard work as a seamstress.
The 63-year-old was given a long-service medal after spending 25 years at the Royal Hospital Haslar, in Gosport, before it closed in 2007.
June, from Elson, was one of the last people to leave the hospital and was given the job of seeing it closed down.
But she never received a long-service medal and shortly after the hospital closed, she was made redundant from her job at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.
So, it was a great surprise when she was given the medal by her former boss Paul Morgan on her birthday at St Luke’s Church, on the Haslar site.
June said: ‘I didn’t know anything about receiving the medal.
‘I thought I was going for lunch with my family and when we turned into the Haslar hospital, I thought I was getting a tour because I used to work there.
‘When my old boss was there with the medal, I was shocked.
‘It was a really nice moment though.’
During her time at the hospital, June had a number of roles and was in charge of the uniforms.
She spent her time mending the uniforms and doing any jobs that were needed.
When it closed she thought her chance of receiving the medal was gone.
But her daughter Sarah Reeves started to organise for her mum to receive her well-deserved medal.
Sarah, 34 from Fareham, said: ‘My mum was one of the last people to leave the hospital and when it closed, she briefly mentioned the medal.
‘But it wasn’t until I ran into her old boss last year that I enquired about her getting one.
‘He said he would look into it and, eventually, she has got it.
‘She had no idea but she was really happy to receive it.
‘The whole family was there so it was a nice morning.’