Tributes paid to pioneering health visitor

Brenda Martin obituary
Brenda Martin obituary

A health visitor who looked after thousands of people has died aged 66.

Brenda Martin decided to devote her life to nursing and helping others after seeing the injuries her father suffered in a coal seam pit accident.

Brenda Martin obituary

Brenda Martin obituary

And she began training at Pinderfields Hospital when she was 16.

Mrs Martin, who spent her early childhood in Flushdyke and the rest of her life in Ossett and Horbury, was involved in piloting the first screening tool for post-natal depression.

And Wakefield soon became one of the first areas to introduce screening for all new mothers.

Mrs Martin also helped to produce the Community Food Project handbook, a step-by-step training manual for health professionals to work in communities teaching people how to cook healthy meals.

The book was promoted and sold nationally through health visiting conferences.

Mrs Martin was also was instrumental in setting up out-of-hours health promotion activities for post-menopausal women at Batley Road Health Centre.

She qualified as a health visitor when she was 23 and worked all around the Wakefield district.

Her daughter Rachael said: “Speaking to people over the last few days has made me realise exactly how highly valued and well-respected Mum was.

“Nursing was a vocation to her and it was who she was, it came naturally. She had this ability to make people she looked after feel loved and cared for. She was greatly committed to promoting excellence within healthcare.”

Mrs Martin was born in Croydon, but lived there for just five months because her father wanted to be back in Yorkshire.

She went to Southdale Secondary Modern, in Ossett.

She also worked at New Hall Prison for a while, teaching social and life skills, and lectured at Dewsbury College.

Mrs Martin leaves husband John, a retired builder, son Graham, daughter Rachael and three grandchildren.

Her funeral will take place at Christ Church South Ossett, on Friday, August 9, at noon.