EVERYONE at QPR is hugely grateful to all the incredible NHS staff and key workers – and we want to acknowledge #RHeroes!
Since our first call for nominations, we’ve been inundated with stories and photos of R’s fans who are working hard to help protect us during the coronavirus outbreak.
You can nominate yours by emailing [email protected] or by using #RHeroes on social media.
Meet our first #RHeroes below …
Andrew Pearson nominated his friend Harry Simmons, a nurse working on the frontline for the NHS in these difficult times. Harry is also a lifelong QPR fan and attends most matches.
Julie Hampton and Charlotte Payne both nominated QPR fan Melissa Croucher as one of #RHeroes. Melissa (below) is a paramedic working very long hours in this awful time and who’s done everyone at QPR proud before the pandemic and during. ‘She keeps going no matter how hard it gets; she truly is my biggest inspiration’, said Charlotte.
Niamh Gleeson nominated her younger sister Shaunna, who started her first-ever full-time job in February after qualifying as a Physiotherapist last year. She’s been working at Mount Vernon Hospital but is being moved to Hillingdon Hospital to help out on the ITU ward as an assistant nurse as they don’t have enough staff to cope with the demand of the virus. It’s a steep learning curve and not what she imagined for the first few months of the job, but she’s handling it all like a true hero and we’re all so proud of her.
Kerri Tiplady (@Tippers74) put forward her partner (below), who’s a a paramedic for the London Ambulance Service.
Shalina Meah wanted to shout out her brother Joynel Meah, who is a community pharmacist and has dedicated his days, evenings and weekends to provide a continuous service to the community during this crisis. He tirelessly makes every effort to meet his patients’ needs and even risked his own life carrying out CPR on a patient who collapsed in front of his pharmacy! The patient is now in intensive care.
Joynel (above) risks his life every day to go to work to make sure his patients have medicine, masks, hand sanitiser and all other essentials in addition to providing ongoing advice over the phone.
Chappers (@x_QPRFC_x) mentioned her brother (below) who is a Senior Radiographer in the NHS and is working flat out during this time. He’s been a QPR fan since the 90s thanks to their Dad.
Grace Evans nominated her dad, Richard Evans, who is a lifelong QPR fan and paramedic for London Ambulance as well as working pitchside at QPR when possible. Richard left his city job in a suit to train as a paramedic in his late 40s which consisted of completing an Open University degree. He is now 59 and is working harder than he ever had to in the city for a fraction of the money. Richard’s shifts are exhausting and mentally draining but he is still positive and confident that the world will be a better place after this.
Rach (@rach_selvey) is so proud of her sister (below), who is working on the frontline as an intensive care nurse.
Ella Harrup nominated her dad Elliot Harrup, who works super hard as the infection control for the community team that he works in. He may have to transfer to London to help there which means Ella and her brothers cannot see him. Over the years he has done so much for the NHS including walking to work when his car broke down, helping in bad snow storms, saving countless lives over the years, being in charge when needed and so much more. He loves his family dearly and is finding being away from them extremely hard.
Paul Whatley (@paulwhatley28) is so proud of his daughter Emily (below), who is working in a local NHS hospital on the Covid ward!
Laura Jones nominated her parents. Her mum works for the Metropolitan Police while her dad, a season ticket holder, works as a parademic. ‘They are my heroes’. (both below)
Becky Sills (@teacherbecky20) put forward her mum (below), who works at their local pharmacy six days a week at the moment. Not just one of #RHeroes but her hero too!
Michael Walsh got in touch about a fellow doctor and massive QPR fan Hussain Basheer, who is a respiratory physician working on the frontline and right in the thick of it during the COVID-19 crisis.
Wayne Sumner, Duncan Gamble and Cathy Allen all nominated Dr Dan Sumner. Dan is an anaesthetic and intensive care registrar at Ashford Hospital. Being in intensive care he’s working flat out, helping those who are critically ill at this difficult time. Dad Wayne took Dan to his first QPR game aged five and he’s been a season ticket holder ever since!
Bob Dobson put forward the QPR Paramedics team (below) who work at First Team games, at the Academy at Heston and also at the Harlington training ground on matchdays alongside the club’s doctors, physiotherapist and sports therapists.
During the coronavirus all football matches have stopped and the paramedics involved with QPR are on the frontline. Six are working with the London Ambulance Service, three are working in support of GPs in the community, three are on standby for re-call to the London Ambulance Services, one is working at front door of a major hospital doing assessments on all emergency cases and triageing the patient care pathways, one is working looking after key workers’ children, while four are currently in isolation due to either being in contact with coronavirus or at serious risk. The team are also all QPR fans!
Kasey Darbon nominated her fiancé Mark Folan, who’s a security guard at the Royal National Theatre and is still working. ‘He might not be on the frontline but he’s my hero.’
John Sharp (@qprsharpy) mentioned Steve Webb, who’s a season ticket holder in the Upper Loft. Steve (below, right) works for the NHS and is doing everything in his power to manage staff and get equipment and PPE out to our brave heroes.
Michael Bryant, a QPR fan from Harrow currently at university in Bath, has been working at Morrisons during the outbreak. He nominates Phil, who’s also a QPR fan from Ruislip working in Bath.
Neil Macey – son of club historian Gordon – works as a Fresh Department manager for Morrisons. At the end of last week Neil (below) had worked 21 shifts straight, including 7 day shifts and 14 night shifts up in Glasgow. ‘It’s been absolute carnage at work for the last couple of weeks but I’m glad to be part of #feedingthenation.’
Sean P (@penosthoughts) mentioned Paul Smith (@Smudger1882) ‘King of Tesco’ who's keeping food on everyone’s tables during COVID-19.
Chappers (@x_QPRFC_x) also put forward Zach (@zsqprfc) who is a key worker, working to get food to our supermarkets. A season ticket holder in JU, Zach (below) is a huge QPR fan and never misses a home or an away game. He is Mr QPR!
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