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2 May 2020

“Nothing was too much trouble” for popular Sheffield healthcare worker who has lost his battle with COVID-19

Despite ‘unbelievable care’ from his fellow colleagues at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Raymond (Ray) Lever who was a Domestic Services Assistant at the Northern General Hospital sadly passed away yesterday (1 May 2020).

Ray who was ‘always cheerful and the first to offer someone help’ has been described by his family and work colleagues as the perfect dad, grandad and a credit to the NHS.

Ray was employed as a Domestic Services Assistant and had previously worked in patient areas, but early on in the outbreak he had transferred to work in non-patient areas which meant he had become known to even more colleagues for his cheery manner.

Ray’s daughters Rachel, Kathryn, and Rebecca said:

“Dad was the perfect dad and grandad and nothing was ever too much trouble for him if it meant helping someone else. He was always cheerful and loved a laugh and joke. Our world will never be the same but we are so grateful for the unbelievable care he received from the teams at Sheffield Hospitals for his current illness and on previous occasions. Nothing was too much trouble and they did everything they could including answering all our questions, keeping us updated about Dad and providing protective clothing and support so that one of us could be with dad until the very end. This was a huge comfort to us. They even fulfilled his last request to have a drink of beer by sending someone out to get a bottle of his favourite tipple. A small gesture but it demonstrated the kindness of an incredible team. “

Kirsten Major, Chief Executive, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We had hoped the day when we lost a colleague to this awful virus would never come and so I was heartbroken to learn that Ray passed away yesterday. Ray had dedicated a number of years of his life to the NHS here in Sheffield and his family can be justifiably proud that he made a difference to people’s lives each and every single day. He was a genuinely, lovely, kind man who put others before himself in his personal and work life and we were very fortunate to have someone like him as part of our team. He was a credit to the NHS. I know his colleagues are devastated to hear the news and we will be offering support to Ray’s family and colleagues over the coming days and weeks. “

Andrew Jones, Facilities Director, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust added:
“We are devastated to have lost Ray from our facilities team and our thoughts are with his family at this terrible time. Since we heard the news, colleagues have been telling me stories about Ray and his commitment to the job and pride in working in the NHS which was clearly exemplary. He was always showing pictures of his family and particularly his grandchildren who he doted on. It is so very sad for everyone who had the privilege to know and work with Ray.”

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