Mike Fallows, who has worked for Network Rail for 18 years and is currently a senior engineer based at Derby, has been helping with an NHS Volunteer Responder Scheme during the current Covid-19 crisis.
When he is off duty, he takes calls from people who are self-isolating and need support. He talks to those who are feeling lonely, as well as picking up shopping and prescriptions for people in the Oakwood area of Derby.
Since lockdown, Mike has spent over 550 hours volunteering for the NHS. This work has been supported by Network Rail, as the company encourages workers to take volunteer leave so that they can spend time helping charities and other organisations.
Mike wanted to do more to support frontline workers as his son works as a paramedic. He approached colleagues at Network Rail at the beginning of April and suggested donating PPE to hospitals. Within 48 hours, Network Rail workers across the country gathered spare PPE and around 10,000 items, including coveralls and safety googles, were delivered to hospitals in East London, North London, Bristol and Newcastle.
He said: “I wanted to support the NHS and the amazing work they do as much as possible, both in my local area and nationally.
“I know some people are struggling during these challenging times. As a Volunteer Responder, one day I could be talking to someone who is feeling lonely and the next I could be out collecting prescriptions. I am enjoying chatting to a range of different people and checking whether they need anything.
“I’m so proud to work on the railway and help to keep vital services running. Our teams at Network Rail worked hard to get this PPE to hospitals across the country to help save lives.”