Colleagues of Chris Hales, who worked for Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital for nearly half a century, are planning to erect a memorial chair for the retired children’s nurse following her death on Friday.

Staff at Galaxy children’s ward at Barnet Hospital have paid tribute to Chris, who started her career as a staff nurse at Chase Farm Hospital 45 years ago, eventually rising to children’s matron at Chase Farm Hospital and Barnet Hospital.

Chris Hales at her retirement partyIn tribute to the devoted nurse her former colleagues on Galaxy Ward are raising funds to pay for a wooden chair for the ward’s new outdoor roof garden and play area.

Hazel Norris, children’s matron on Galaxy Ward, said it would be the perfect tribute to her colleague, friend and mentor of more than 30 years.

She said: “Chris loved gardening, she loved the outdoors and she loved children. A wooden chair in the outdoor playground would be right up her street.”

She added: “Chris was a great person, she had a great personality. She was firm and could be strict but she was also very kind. She loved the job and she loved the children and families she worked with. She was just one of life’s really nice people.”

Chris, who retired six years ago, is survived by her husband, Bob, her two children and four grandchildren.

A funeral service will take place at Enfield Crematorium, Great Cambridge Road, at 11.45am on Saturday 27 March, followed by a wake at Stanstead Abbotts Village Club, High Street, Stanstead Abbots, Herts. Former colleagues are welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers, Chris’s family are asking for contributions to pay for a Magical Taxi Tour, a charity-run initiative that takes sick children to Disneyland Resort Paris in a convoy of traditional London black cabs.

To donate to Galaxy Ward’s playground chair fund, please email