Shaunna Farley. Thursday 10th December. 12pm.
A family-run business in the Black Country is honouring key workers of the region, by naming their new fleet of lorries after them.
The logistics industry kept the country moving during this year’s unexpected challenges, alongside the NHS, which is why BJS Haulage in Wednesbury has chosen to make this generous gesture.
Eight individuals who have been recognised for their hard work this year, including two from West Midlands Ambulance Service and the Intensive Critical Care Team from Royal Wolverhampton Hospital have been honoured.
Mark Barratt, Clinical Team Mentor based at Sandwell Hub is one of them; Senior Operations Manager, Rich Barratt, said: “Mark is known for his exceptional dedication and mentorship style towards students. His colleagues also recognised how he goes the extra mile to support them during times of personal need, as well as while on shifts.”
A second lorry will be named after the late John Mallinson who was a Call Assessor based at Navigation Point who sadly passed away in September.
John joined the Trust as a 111 call handler in March this year. Tragically, John fell ill in September shortly after completing his dual training. He was rushed to hospital where he underwent emergency surgery, but his condition deteriorated and he died aged just 31 years old.
Head of 111, Rob Till, said; “Staff in the 111 call centre were unanimous in wanting to put John’s name forward for this honour. Despite his short time with us he undoubtedly touched the lives of so many people with his caring nature and desire to help. His family live locally so they can look out for his name on the lorry. I think that is a very fitting tribute to someone who came to help the NHS in our hour of need.”