Readers may recall a story covering of a new batch of Renault trucks for BJS Haulage which were dedicated to local healthcare key workers. The individuals and families of those named have now had the opportunity to meet "their" trucks in an event at the company's Wednesbury base.
Those present included Kirsty Mallinson-Gethings (back row, third from left), the widow of John Mallinson, the 31-year-old 999 call handler who died shortly after responding to a recruitment call from West Midlands Ambulance Service. She said “John would have loved this. He used to travel a lot and this means he can still travel, so it’s a fitting recognition for him. It’s heart-warming that his colleagues nominated him.”
Also attending was 62-year-old Molly Henriques-Dillon from Penkridge, who came out of retirement to become Quality Nurse Team Leader at Black Country and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group, and was subsequently awarded the British Empire Medal for her leadership and care to patients during the pandemic.
Amarat Gill, Operations Director at BJS Haulage said: “The logistics industry and the NHS kept the country moving during Covid, so it was great to honour local keyworkers by naming trucks after them. It was great for them to ‘meet’ their trucks at the weekend.”