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Family Tribute To Ambulance Driver
"My Mum was everything. A friend, a listener, a healer and a carer. Such a wonderful, strong person who saw the best in everyone. Always there to help, love and support. My Mum was everything to me and more. Forever and always in my heart. My Amazing Mum."
Those were the words from Greg Randall, speaking about his mum Gill, who died when the ambulance she was driving was involved in a crash on the A337 last month. The patient inside the ambulance was also killed with another staff member and the patient’s relative receiving serious injuries.
The family and colleagues of the 42 year old from Blackfield in Hampshire have been paying their tributes. Gill’s partner Steven Tough said "Gill, you were my partner, my friend and my lover. You will always be in my heart, my thoughts and in my memories. I love you Gill. Sleep tight and rest in peace".
Gill’s parents, the Reverend Michael White and the Reverend Doreen White remembered their daughter
fondly saying: "Gill was our beloved daughter who brought much joy and happiness into our lives. We will miss her terribly
as will the rest of our family."
South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has uploaded a Book of Condolence on line at
www.southcentralambulance.nhs.uk/get-involved/book.ashx for staff and members of the public wishing to pay tribute to Gill.
A spokesperson for the service said : "Her loss has been a tremendous shock to all at South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, of which she was a dedicated, enthusiastic and valued member of staff. She will be missed terribly by all those who worked with her and she will always be remembered for her warmth, her compassionate and unfathomable unkindness and for her sense of fun and genuine desire to care for others ".
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