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Members’ tributes to frontline worker who died from COVID-19

Community
Community
7th May 2020

Community was extremely saddened to hear of the death of one of its members working on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis. Mark Woolcock worked as an Ambulance Care Assistant at Barts Health NHS Trust in Newham. He passed away on 20th April. His colleagues have been sharing tributes to Mark through their branch WhatsApp group.

Mark Woolcock

Ted Purcell, National Organiser, who knew Mark for a number of years said:

“He was such a friendly, genuine person that loved helping others. It’s such a tragic loss. It really brings home the fact that our frontline workers are putting their lives on the line every day as the country tackles the virus.”

Newham A&E colleagues acknowledge Mark’s death.

Mark’s colleagues paid their own tributes:

“Mark was such a lovely guy. Thinking of your dear family at this very sad time.”

“God bless you Mark. It was a privilege to know and work with you. RIP mate.”

“Sad loss. He was a great guy. Rest in Peace brother.”

His death was announced by Barts NHS Health Trust. He is one of four workers at the Trust to have died from contracting COVID-19. Mark was 60 years old. Community has been in touch with Mark’s family to offer support and enable access to the union’s bereavement benefit.