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Relatives Donate Painting to Selby Ambulance Station

14 May 2010

A grateful family in Selby have donated a restored painting to Selby Ambulance Station in recognition of the efforts of the crew who attended their relative, Ivor Brookes.

Three Selby paramedics - Bob Chambers, Alf Pickering and Douglas Preece - attended Mr Brookes after he collapsed at home last May, but were not able to resuscitate him.

His family wished to recognise the ‘strength, courage and determination’ of the crew by donating Mr Brookes’ funeral service collection to Selby Ambulance Station to be used as some sort of memorial.

It was decided to use the £200 raised to restore a painting Mr Brookes had been given by his late cousin, artist Janice Hingley, before presenting it to the station where it now takes pride of place.

On 12 March 2010, Mr Brookes’ widow Vera and her family visited Selby station to meet staff and those who went to the aid of her husband. She gave a short speech before the presentation.

A heartfelt presentation - L-R: Andy Sartorius, Paramedic Doug Preece, Gill Shaw, Sarah Brookes-Lydiate, Janine Shaw, Paramedic Bob Chambers, Vera Brookes, Keith Wheeler, Mick Mckenzie and EMT Alf Pickering.

Locality Manager Mark Inman said: “The crews at Selby were honoured to accept the painting for the wall of the station in memory of Mr Brookes.

“The story behind the painting is wonderful and this, added to the commemorative plaque, will be a reminder that will last for years at Selby Ambulance Station.”

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