The chief executive of the London Ambulance Service has paid tribute to the memory of Debbie Baldwin, a London Ambulance Service volunteer Emergency Responder who passed away on 9 September 2021.
In an emotional tribute post, Daniel Elkeles praised the bravery of Debbie who continued to support and raise money for charitable causes throughout her treatment.
As a former lawyer, Debbie was motivated to join the Service’s volunteer Emergency Responder (ER) scheme in 2015 due to her ‘deep sense of public duty and her passion for volunteering.’
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Previous to this, Debbie had also volunteered with the St John Ambulance for many years.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Debbie supported the coordination of interviews for Emergency Responder Team Leader positions and undertook a mental health awareness course.
After being diagnosed with advanced stage 3 ovarian cancer in the summer of 2018, Debbie wrote a blog post for the health service urging woman to know the symptoms.
She wrote: “The great support from family, friends and colleagues, and a positive attitude, have helped me deal with many of the challenges on this journey.
“I hope that promoting greater awareness about ovarian cancer will help other women and ultimately, save more lives.”
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Despite her frail health, Debbie also undertook a 26.2 miles charity walk this year to raise money for Ovacome, the ovarian cancer charity.
She is survived by her husband Prav and her sister and parents
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