Ambulance crews honour colleague Lesley Scott at Fleetwood funeral
Ambulance crews from across Blackpool and the Fylde came together in Fleetwood yesterday to honour a respected colleague who has died from cancer.
Paramedics lined Broadway at midday as their former colleague Lesley Anne Scott's funeral procession made its way to St Nicholas' Church.
Mrs Scott - who had worked for many years as an ambulance technician in Lancashire - died aged 61 on Saturday, February 27.
She had barvely battled throat cancer and leukaemia for two-and-a-half years before passing peacefully at home in Fleetwood with her family by her side.
Today, Lesley's husband of 30 years, Simon, paid tribute to Lesley's colleagues at Blackpool Vic and the ambulance service, who made it possible for his wife to spend her final hours at home with her family.
Just two days before her death, Simon said he had been told by staff at Manchester Royal Infirmary that he would not be able to see his wife again because of Covid restrictions.
Heartbroken, Simon said he spent what he thought were his final moments with his wife, saying goodbye to her for the last time.
But as he was sat by her bedside, Lesley's NHS friends at Blackpool Vic were frantically making arrangements to bring her home.
Simon said: "This was all done after I was informed by Manchester Royal that I would not be able to see my wife after the Thursday due to Covid restrictions.
"With great thanks to her friends at Blackpool Vic, they arranged to transfer Lesley from Manchester Royal to our home in Fleetwood by ambulance, with me by her side.
"The Vic staff organised a bed, oxygen and medication to be waiting at our home on her arrival – this was all done in a matter of hours whilst I was at Manchester Royal saying goodbye to my wife for what I thought was for the last time."
Two days later, Lesley died "peacefully" at her home in Fleetwood surrounded by her family.
Yesterday (Monday, March 15), Lesley's NHS colleagues gathered outside St Nicholas' Church in Fleetwood at 12pm, where ambulances and paramedics lined Broadway for her funeral procession.
Afterwards, in a touching tribute to Lesley, her ambulance service colleagues provided a guard of honour as the procession arrived at Carleton Crematorium.
"I cannot thank NWAS and the Blackpool Vic NHS staff enough," said Simon.