Ambulance staff raise money in remembrance

Ambulance staff working in the Chase Farm area have raised over £4,000 for the Willow Foundation, a charity that organises memorable days out for seriously ill young adults.

The charity is particularly special to the staff as it arranged a special weekend driving classic cars for their late colleague, Nathan Adams.

Nathan joined the Service in November 1987, initially working as an emergency medical technician at Chase Farm station. He undertook most of his frontline duties at Ponders End and in 1994 became a paramedic. In 1999, Nathan’s career on the road was cut short when he became seriously ill but his positive outlook on life and commitment to his family helped him battle back to confound medics. He continued to work for the Service, taking on a new role of resource co-ordinator and later becoming a senior resource co-ordinator. Sadly, his illness returned and he passed away on 28 April 2005.

Duty Station Officer Brian Taylor said: “Nathan was very popular with all the staff at the Chase Farm station. We are really pleased that we have been able to do something for the Willow Foundation as they gave Nathan and his family a great weekend to remember. Nathan had a fantastic time and I know he was thrilled to get behind the wheel of an Aston Martin.”

The money was raised at a fun-day organised by ambulance staff that took place on 10 July at the Whitewebbs Sports Centre in Enfield.

Former Arsenal and Scotland goalkeeper and TV presenter, Bob Wilson, who founded the Willow Foundation in memory of his daughter, Anna who died of cancer, visited Chase Farm ambulance station to meet the staff and collect a cheque on behalf of the charity.

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For further information about the Willow Foundation please visit: www.willowfoundation.org.uk/