An Epsom and St Helier midwife said she would ‘cherish the award forever’ after she was named the winner of a health gong.

Lydia Baker was announced as the winner of Good Morning Britain’s Hospital Health Star Award by hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Wednesday, April 19.

The bereavement midwife, who has worked at the trust for 14 years, was nominated for her work in supporting parents following a miscarriage, still birth or death of their child.

After winning the award she said: “It’s been amazing to have this recognition and I’m so grateful. I love my job, and this role means everything to me. Although I will cherish this award forever, this has never been about me, it’s all about giving these women and their families support in their darkest moments.

“I work with so many amazing people and I couldn’t do this job without their ongoing support and guidance. I’m completely overwhelmed and blown away by all of the supportive messages I’ve received.”

Chief nurse Charlotte Hall, said the midwifery team were thrilled their colleague had received the award.

She said: “We are all so proud of Lydia, she is a very special midwife, and this award is well deserved. She does an amazing job, and we are all thrilled to see her get such fantastic recognition for a job well done.

“I would also like to thank all of Lydia’s colleagues and managers too, they have been key in supporting Lydia as this service launched. I am proud to work with them all.

“We often say that nurses and midwives are the backbone of the NHS, and so I can only imagine that Lydia was against some strong competition in this category, she has done really well.”