Return to the homepage

Shirley and Lay Cheng

It can often take a lot of years and a lot of miles before you finally meet up with someone you went to school with!

Shirley Cheng Hoon Maher, a Gynae-oncology Clinical Nurse at St Peter’s and Lay Cheng Chapman, (Cecilia) our Falls Lead Nurse, went to the same primary and secondary schools in Penang, Malaysia 50 years ago.

Leaving school, they lost touch with each other. Shirley left for the UK in 1990 and Lay Cheng moved here in 1971.

Fast forward to 2015 and both worked at St Peter’s Hospital, unaware that they were in the same country, same county and same hospital! Some recent meetings which they both attended at St Peter’s got them talking about their backgrounds which is when they discovered they had been to school together – Northam Road Girls’ Primary School and then the secondary Methodist Girls’ School in Penang – in the same class.

Speaking of their surprising news, Shirley said, “I remember Cecilia at school – she was the sporty one – always involved with netball while I was the naughty one!”

The chance meeting has brought back lots of memories. Shirley has the Methodist Girl’s School 121st anniversary book which features lots of memories and the two chatter together happily as if they’ve never been apart!