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Tributes to former New Milton district nurse Jill Stevens (75) who died in hit-and-run collision on Old Milton Road

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“SHE was like a living angel.” This was how a former New Milton district nurse was described by her sister after her death in a hit-and-run collision.

Jill Stevens (75), of Compton Road, was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident in nearby Old Milton Road around 7.20pm on 24th March.

Her sister Sue Render told the A&T she devoted her entire life to caring for others, looking after the sick – even after retiring from nursing – including both parents.

Former district nurse Jill Stevens lived in Compton Road
Former district nurse Jill Stevens lived in Compton Road

“She had a strong Christian faith,” Sue said. “Her church was Barton Methodist, where we’re having her funeral.

“From the letters I’ve had, she was the glue of that church – she did so much work, visiting people who were ill.”

Two of Jill’s neighbours fondly remembered a caring lady who helped when they were unwell.

John White (70) told the A&T she was the first to visit as a district nurse after his heart attack in 2000.

Ann Batchelor (83) recalled Jill did her shopping and looked after her cat when she was hospitalised after a fall.

“It’s so awful that such a lovely person should go like that,” Ann said. “I still can’t believe it’s happened. It’s heart-breaking.

“She was always there, and I always knew that if I wanted help I could call on her.”

Jill was born in London to parents Hugh and Evelyn in 1946 and grew up in Whetstone, near Barnet, in Hertfordshire.

Determined to work in the medical profession from a young age, she began training at the Great Ormond Street children’s hospital in the mid-1960s.

Jill moved to Burley about four years later to care for her father, who had MS, until his death in 1979.

In 1986 she moved to New Milton, where she became a district nurse. Jill later cared for her mother, who had glaucoma, until she died in 2001.

The scene of the incident
The scene of the incident

After retiring in 2006 she volunteered at Lymington hospital until the pandemic hit, and then supported those self-isolating or shielding.

Jill enjoyed travelling with her cousin Antony Stevens, visiting destinations including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Canada.

But, as Sue said, she was never away more than two weeks due to the many commitments she took on back home.

“She was a wonderful and caring sister,” she continued. “She was devoted to her nieces and great-nieces, even though she never married or had children herself.

“She was like a second mother to all of them.

“She was like a living angel, and that’s not being biased because she was.”

An inquest opened at Winchester Coroners’ Court heard Jill suffered head and chest injuries. A full hearing is provisionally due on 7th October.

Police are continuing to investigate the fatal collision. As reported in the A&T, a 25-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of driving offences and released under investigation.

The incident prompted New Milton town councillors to recommend buying one more speed indicator device to add to its existing set of three.

Those with information about the collision should contact Hampshire police on 101, quoting incident reference number 44220117365.

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