Former Leeds ambulance worker, 87, from Meanwood gives solid silver medals to 12 'hero' community nurses who care for him

An 87-year-old  former ambulance  service worker from Leeds has presented solid silver medals to the 12 'hero' community nurses who care for him.

Sunday, 5th July 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Sunday, 5th July 2020, 12:52 pm
Therese Dales,associate community matron at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust is picturedf with one of the medals asWilliam Wheatley looks on.

William Wheatley of Meanwood - who affectionately calls the nurses 'my lasses' - wanted to honour them for their dedication to nursing, particularly during the Covid-19. pandemic.

Mr Wheatley had the Sterling Mint solid silver medals made for each of the nurses from Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust.

Each medal is inscribed ‘Hero 2020’ and a personalised card explains why it was given.

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Former ambulance service worker William Wheatley

Mr Wheatley saw a campaign to get the entire NHS awarded with the George Cross and has written to high profile supporter, Lord Ashcroft, to see if he can get the team

specifically named as part of the campaign.

Mr Wheatley said: “The nurses at Meanwood Neighbourhood Team are heroes, particularly for how they have worked during the pandemic, to make sure people like

me get the care they need.

One of the solid silver medals

"I have known the team for six years as they nursed my wife before she passed away and they’ve nursed me ever since.

“I believe the NHS should get the George Cross for its work during COVID but I wanted to show my own appreciation for my team.”

Therese Dales, associate community matron, and Michelle Eaglen, neighbourhood clinical quality lead from the team arrived at Mr Wheatley’s house to receive the medals on behalf of the team.

Therese Dales said: “This is absolutely fantastic and comes just as the NHS is celebrating its 72 nd birthday. We are thrilled and touched that Mr Wheatley thinks so highly of us and the nursing service we provide and we’re very grateful for lovely medals.”