Bedford COVID-19 heroes recognised in Queen’s New Year’s Honours list

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Debbie Buck

Two people who have “gone the extra mile” to support the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19) in Bedford, have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours.

Debbie Buck, a lead nurse for practice development with East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT), is to receive a British Empire Medal (BEM) in recognition of her service to the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Debbie, who is based at Twinwoods in Clapham, developed a process to deliver vital Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to NHS colleagues.

Working for the Trust’s Bedfordshire and Luton mental health services, Debbie also helped prepare trainers to deliver essential training to NHS staff.

The 55-year-old, started her nurse training in 1984. She joined the NHS in Bedfordshire in 2001 and also completed her Master’s degree in Psychosocial Interventions at Hatfield University in 2009.

“The NHS is an important organisation and to be part of it has been really important to me as we support those who are most vulnerable in the place where they live,” said Debbie.

Meanwhile, Mrunel Sisodia, co-chair of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums will receive an OBE for services to Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, particularly during the COVID-19 response.

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis said: “It is always pleasing to see Bedfordshire residents honoured for the immense contribution they make to our County.

“These people, many of whom have ‘gone the extra mile’ during the COVID-19 pandemic, represent the very best in humanity and have, in a variety of ways, ensured that our communities and society as a whole, continue to grow and flourish.”

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