Hockey medallist wowed by hospital's heroes

PUBLISHED: 16:00 30 September 2012

Dr Rebecca Woolerton and Helen Richardson

Dr Rebecca Woolerton and Helen Richardson

WAHT

AN OLYMPIC medallist who grew up in Weston has described Weston Area Health Trust's staff as 'true heroes' after being the guest of honour at its annual awards ceremony.

London 2012 hockey bronze medallist Helen Richardson presented prizes as Weston General Hospital staff were given the chance to celebrate their good work over the past 12 months.

The dietician team were awarded the trust’s PRIDE award – recognising People, Reputation, Innovation, Dignity and Excellence.

Pat Simmons was recognised as volunteer of the year following 16 years of service assisting patients and families in the hospital’s foyer.

Paul Hobbs, who led this year’s British Heart Foundation walk, was also praised.

Dr Rebecca Wollerton won the exceptional care award after she helped organise for terminally-ill patient Rod Mumford to see his beloved Torquay United play Weston in a pre-season friendly.

Mr Mumford, aged 71, battled a heart attack and had undergone a triple bypass before fighting a stomach cancer so severe surgeons had to remove his stomach altogether.

Dr Wollerton managed to organise for him to see his side win 3-0 at the Woodspring Stadium in August and Mr Mumford was presented with a signed football shirt. He died a few days later.

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