HoW College Staff Member ‘Driven’ to Support the NHS

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HoW College Staff Member ‘Driven’ to Support the NHS

29 June 2020

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Heart of Worcestershire College (HoW College) Automotive Workshop Supervisor, Tony Dorywala, has been ‘driven’ to show his support for the NHS amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.

Tony began providing support to the West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) at their Worcester Station to ensure that all NHS vehicles are safe and can stay on the road at such a crucial time. From vehicle repairs and MOT tests, to general duties such as collecting and delivering the vehicles to various stations in and around the Worcestershire area, Tony has helped in every way that he can.

Speaking on why he wanted to get involved, Tony Dorywala said:

“At the start of the National Emergency for Covid-19, I applied (like many) to volunteer for a number of bodies. One group I volunteered for was the West Midlands Ambulance Service at their Worcester Garage Workshops, where I worked a few years ago as a Charge Hand/Supervisor.

My time volunteering was filled by doing many different duties; from housekeeping, collection of parts, minor repairs, and buddying up in the workshop for larger jobs, to services, mot's and movement of frontline Ambulances around the region.

I'm grateful and appreciative for the opportunity and welcome I was given by all staff at all levels. Over the weeks I volunteered all crews I met on my travels were great people who are doing a magnificent job during a hectic and dangerous time for them. In the early stages action plans were looked at to use the HoW Duckworth Centre of Engineering as a Backup workshop repair facility; fortunately, as time goes on the need has diminished, but it is still on the radar should needs arise.”

HoW College are incredibly proud to have such selfless staff who are doing their bit to help our local area – and in turn help the NHS as a whole – during such unprecedented times. Curriculum, Resources & Quality Director for Engineering, Construction & Automotive, Nick Hardman, also commented:

“As a College We are very pleased to be able to support the NHS and the Worcester Ambulance station by allowing our specialist staff - such as Tony - to work directly with them where there are current staff shortages and or a greatly increased workload.”

HoW College have not been the only group wanting to share their kind words with Tony for his volunteering; Hereford, Worcester and Hollymoor Workshop Supervisor for WMAS, David Capewell, shared his comments with us;

“Tony Dorywala has been a great help over the last few weeks. He has helped with repairs, deliveries and even made a lovely cup of tea!

Tony has helped us as a volunteer and has been a valued addition to our team covering Hereford, Worcester and Hollymoor. He has now been called back to the College, so we would love to say a big thank you and wish him all the best - stay safe and good luck.”

From everyone here at HoW College we would like to say a big thank you to Tony for his incredible work.