Appeal for memories of Rothesay midwife Joyce

The niece of a much-loved Rothesay midwife who died two years ago is looking for pictures and anecdotes to help finish off her aunt’s memoirs.

Iolanda Foschetti has issued an appeal to readers of The Buteman who may have memories or photographs relating to Joyce Zavaroni’s work as the island’s midwife at the Victoria Hospital in Rothesay, between 1963 and 2000.

Iolanda said: “I’d like to hear from anyone who knew Joyce Zavaroni, either as a patient or as a work colleague. Just a few words about how you best remember her will be much appreciated and help finish off the book.

“I’d also love to hear from anyone who has photographs of Joyce with any of the newborn babies she delivered, dressed up and ready to leave the Victoria Hospital, or who has photographs of Joyce when she was younger, at school, at nursing school or at work.

“If you have any anecdotes about deliveries she assisted with, or how she helped care for you and your new baby, or any funny, sad or interesting accounts I’d love to hear them.”

The book is expected to be ready for printing by the middle of September, and in the shops soon after. Money raised from sales of the book will be donated to Motor Neurone Disease Scotland, the charity for which Joyce fund-raised tirelessly after she was diagnosed with the condition in 2008.

Writing this book was the last thing she did,” Iolanda continued.

“She asked me to type it out, edit, source and insert additional material and get it published. I just need these last few things and I can fulfill her wish with your help.”

If you’re able to help, you can email scanned pictures or anecdotes to, or post to Iolanda Foschetti, 27 Bishop Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute PA20 9DH.