Refuse workers save the day by helping two women needing emergency assistance

Released: Thursday, 07 January 2021

Refuse crews from Adur & Worthing Councils have been recognised after assisting two women who needed emergency assistance while they were collecting waste.

On the same day in December five men, from two crews, came to the rescue of the ladies in trouble in two separate incidents - one of which involved an 89-year-old falling in the middle of a Shoreham road.

The group have received framed certificates of thanks for their efforts from Cllr Andy McGregor, Chairman of Adur District Council, and Cllr Lionel Harman, the Mayor of Worthing,

Wayne Slender, Guy Olliver and Colin Wigham were working in Hammy Way, Shoreham, when they turned the corner to find an elderly woman lying in the middle of the street.

The kind workers stayed with her for an hour and covered her with their jackets until the ambulance they called arrived.

Upon receiving a special presentation from the Chairman of Adur District Council, Cllr McGregor, the trio said they were only 'doing their duty' and were happy to be recognised for their assistance.

That same day, Nigel Dunnbar and Steve Nash were working in Ophir Road, Worthing, when they found a lady lying on the ground of her driveway, beside her bins, in the freezing cold weather.

The pair got her back into her house, ensured she warmed up and looked after her while calling for an ambulance and waiting until it came.

As they gratefully accepted their awards from the Mayor the pair insisted leaving not attending to the woman was not an option.

Cllr McGregor, said:

“Not only are Wayne, Guy and Colin doing a fantastic job on behalf of the Councils during the COVID emergency - but they are going above and beyond to help their community.

“I applaud them for stopping to help the elderly woman in need and making her comfortable until the emergency services arrived.

“They are being given presents and biscuits, so I think the public really do know that these guys are doing an amazing job during difficult circumstances.”

Cllr Harman added:

“For Nigel and Steve to step up and act fast when they encountered the woman lying on her driveway shows such kindness, as well as their commitment to the people of Worthing.

“It was very important for us to come out and recognise these members of staff, and give them the thank yous they deserve. It’s stories like this which brighten up the day during such difficult times.”

Photo: Chairman of Adur District Council, Cllr Andy McGregor, with Colin Wigham and Guy Olliver

PR21-002 - Chairman of Adur District Council, Cllr Andy McGregor, with Colin Wigham and Guy Olliver

Photo: The Mayor and Mayoress of Worthing, Cllr Lionel and Cllr Karen Harman, with Nigel Dunbar and Steve Nash

PR21-002 - The Mayor and Mayoress of Worthing, Cllr Lionel and Cllr Karen Harman, with Nigel Dunbar and Steve Nash

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