A COVENTRY locum community pharmacist is undertaking a variety of fund-raising activities to celebrate 45 years in her chosen career.
Shenu Barclay worked for 30 years in London before moving to be closer to her family in Coventry where she has worked in multiple pharmacies.
Her fund-raising activities are all themed on the number 45 and will help various causes – she has donated 45 designer dresses to her local cancer charity shop, donated cash to the Race For Life event in Cheltenham – in multiples of 45 – and fed 45 people in need of food this year.
She has also put in 45 hours of continuing professional development and will be donating to the Afghan refugees fund, again in multiples of 45.
Over the years, Shenu has won the national Feet First Pharmacy Award, getting an invite to the NHS Anniversary Garden Party at Buckingham Palace and in 2015 was a semi-finalist in the ‘I Love My Pharmacist’ competition.
Shenu said: “The time has gone so quickly and I’ve seen so many changes to both the technology and what we see clients for.
“When I qualified I just used to mix medicines but now I see clients holistically for all kinds of things.
“It’s all about public health and prevention as much as it is seeing people when they are unwell.
“People can’t believe I’m still working but I like to keep my mind and body active and keep increasing my knowledge.”