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Ambulance paramedic delivers a message of hope 

A senior paramedic with the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust has written a poem of hope as his colleagues continue to provide a vital service during the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic.

David Tamarro is an Emergency Care Practitioner and Leading Operations Manager with the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, which covers Norfolk and other counties. His poem is called – United in Hope.
The time has come, the vaccine is here:
We have waited so long in grief and fear.
My colleagues and I, through tiredness and tear,
Have worn masks and shields to treat families and peers.
You clapped for us to help us win
But every day our green line grew thin.
The front line was tough: crews saw heartache and pain
But we grew stronger together while the virus remained.
The public was generous with food, sweets and gifts
But what every crew wanted was safety from shifts.
My colleagues are struggling: the suffering is clear
But no hug for support, as it would be too near.
At a distance I try to sympathetically ask
But the truth from a tear falls over a mask.
The hospital’s full, with Ambos in queue
For all you conspirators, please take a view:
The doctors and nurses, all in A & E
Treating the sick, in full PPE.
A 12 hours shift is finally ended:
The crew is safe and the patients all tended.
The fear is still real as the threat is unseen.
I shower and change to ensure I am clean:
My hands are all cracked, my face is all sore
As I scrub this disease out of every pore.
We miss loved ones and family, who with Government pleas
Wear masks and isolate, so at last we may be free.
I pray to a God and ask “Why let this happen?”
The suffering and pain is like Armageddon.
The scientists worked hard day and night for a cure:
At last a vaccine – they had to be sure.
Was safe and was tested, with brave volunteers
Who stepped up, had the vaccine to end fears and tears.
With the end in sight and hope finally here,
We can hopefully clap, hug each other and cheer
But remember this battle in years that will come,
Covid-19 attacked, BUT THE NHS WON!!!

EEAST Lead Chaplain, Lynda Logan wrote: "Unable to sleep after a shift, David penned his reflections upon working on the front-line and expressed the hope surrounding the roll-out of the vaccines. As you read the poem, please thank God for His goodness and pray for all those on the front-line. David hopes that you will feel free to circulate the poem within your churches and networks."

Click here to read Lynda's own reflections on her role during the pandemic. 
Pictured above is David Tamarro from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

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