A social care worker has been honoured after she got immediate help for a colleague who collapsed with a brain haemorrhage.
Britta Ofori Kuragu won a top award at the Leeds Adult Social Care Excellence Awards after rushing to the aid of Mandy Knight.
Mandy’s family say Britta’s actions meant they had time to say goodbye before she died.
Britta said she had kept in touch with Mandy’s son Jamie, who presented her with the award along with Coun Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for Adult Social Care.
She said: “Jamie insists that I gave his family that extra time they needed to say goodbye, but I don’t see what I did as out of the ordinary – anyone would have done the same thing.
“Mandy was exceptional in her job and her hard work and dedication was exemplary. She has left a huge vacuum that will take a very long time to fill.”
Britta, a support leader with Leeds City Council’s learning disability service, and Mandy had taken one of their vulnerable clients shopping in Seacroft, Leeds, last November.
Britta, who lives in Seacroft, said suddenly Mandy said she was going to faint.
“I was shocked but I could tell she was going to fall down so I caught her before she did.
“It had been raining that day and I didn’t want her to lie on the wet ground so I lay her on my feet while I called an ambulance. I just kept supporting her and reassuring her until the ambulance arrived.”
Sadly Mandy died shortly afterwards, days before her 42nd birthday, but her family are very grateful to Britta.
The 31-year-old was named Colleague of the Year award at the ceremony at Leeds Civic Hall.
She was one of 12 winners, all who help the city’s vulnerable residents, at the awards.