Team of 181 veterans hailed for volunteering in hospitals and mortuaries during coronavirus crisis

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A TEAM of 181 veterans have been hailed as Britain’s bravest as they are volunteering in 13 of Britain’s hospitals and temporary mortuaries during the pandemic.

The team, from charity Team Rubicon UK are working the “length and breadth of the country.

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Claire Ryding is a Team Rubicon veteran volunteering at a temporary coronavirus morgue
Team Rubicon Response Operations Manager Paul Taylor said ‘there are 118 veterans and 28 civilians’ in the team

Former Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineer Claire Ryding, who is working at a temporary morgue said: “I remember the name of every single person.

“The NHS has faced danger every day through the pandemic and we are proud to serve our country again and stand alongside them.

“It’s a hugely sensitive and distressing time for families when you lose a loved one.

“We ensure they are cared for and have the respect and dignity as if they were our own families.

“The men and women who are doing this are some of Britain’s bravest volunteers – many of us are furloughed and as soon as this happened we all wanted to help.

“Of course it’s it’s emotional work – there have been some who have really stood out for me personally, when they are young or approaching their 100th birthday and there have also been homeless people – and their plight still hasn’t really been highlighted in all of this.

“It has been the most moving job I have ever done.”


Team Rubicon UK Team Response Operations Manager Paul Taylor, a former Warrant Officer in the Royal Fusiliers, said: “There are 118 veterans and 28 civilians, many of whom are former blue light responders who have selflessly volunteered to do this difficult role all over the country.

“The men and women who are doing this are working completely for free and have volunteered their services.

“Our role is to respond to disasters all over the world – and at this time our services, sadly have been needed here. We are proud to do this for our country.”

Paul Taylor was a Warrant Officer in the Royal Fusiliers

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