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Gordon celebrates 52 years of saving lives batting off male nurse prejudice and workplace bullying

Gordon Lees with his daughters who followed in his footsteps to become nurses. Sam (right) and Amy. Sam is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Durham CAMHS and Amy is a Senior Liaison Nurse based at North Tees Hospital.

A Hartlepool man who switched army life for the NHS is celebrating 52 years of fighting for the rights of others - both as a nurse and as the UK’s longest serving activist for the Royal College of Nursing.

Gordon Lees began his career in 1970 as a 16-year-old cadet nurse and now, five decades later, serves as an RCN rep at Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust ( TEWV ).

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