Jill Baumber (1941-2008)
DONCASTER-born Jill Lester came to the Grantham area in 1973 after marrying pharmacist Noel Baumber.
She moved with her family to Hamburg and Bremerhaven after the end of the Second World War then settled in York, attending St Anne’s School there.
She studied medicine at St Andrew’s University, becoming vice-president of the Students’ Union.
As a hospital doctor, Jill worked in Dumfries, Chester, Wakefield and Shotley Bridge, before entering general practice at Saxilby, near Lincoln.
She joined joined the Long Bennington Practice in 1973 and five years later started the Trent Road Surgery.
She established Vine House Surgery in 1982 where she practised until she retired in 1996.
Dr Baumber founded GIFTS (Grantham Initiative for the Terminally Sick) Hospice charity in 1990, which later became St Barnabas.
She was awarded an MBE for her work with the charity in 2005.