Meet Jay Crabtree, general porter at the Royal United Hospitals Bath.
“I have always wanted to work with the public so working for the hospital is perfect for me. I think I was inspired by watching casualty seeing how staff pulling together to get the job done even in the hardest times it’s just something I really wanted to be a part of.
“I started here in 2004 doing mainly doing portering duties and soon started doing extra hours on the bank in supplies and portering in radiology.
“I love meeting new people and getting to know staff in the hospital, although most people know me by now. I love having a laugh and being humorous as I feel you need it in a hospital and teamwork is key to getting the job done.
“Although lockdown has allowed me to work lots of hours and save money, the heartbreaking thing for me is that I haven’t seen my family. They’re all in Yorkshire. My mum’s 72 and has chronic asthma, so I can’t take the risk. My daughter hasn’t stayed at mine since March. She said to me though that when lockdown is over she’ll come and stay. I just can’t wait to see her and the rest of my family.
“My family have said that they are proud of me especially my nephews and my daughter and hearing the clapping on Thursdays really helped me. The first time I heard it I ended up sobbing. I’ve also enjoyed seeing all the rainbows put up in people’s windows as it really showed the public’s support for the NHS.
“I will be working over Christmas. I have had invitations from friends to join them for Christmas dinner but that obviously depends on the situation then. But whatever happens, I’ll have a Christmas dinner plated up.
“I’d like to say a huge thank you to the community for coming together this year. It makes us smile and keep going so please carry on supporting us together – we will get thought this.”Donate during the COVID-19 crisis