Award for Oakham ambulance station cleaner June

Oakham ambulance station cleaner June Fosker receives a chief executive's commendation from East Midlands Ambulance Service. From left, Simon Herrick, David Collin, Anthony Graham, June Fosker, Mick Jones, Sally Davies and Emma Redwood. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-17-08-18aw011 EMN-150821-152051001
Oakham ambulance station cleaner June Fosker receives a chief executive's commendation from East Midlands Ambulance Service. From left, Simon Herrick, David Collin, Anthony Graham, June Fosker, Mick Jones, Sally Davies and Emma Redwood. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-17-08-18aw011 EMN-150821-152051001
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A beloved cleaner who goes out of her way to make paramedics feel comfortable and rested has been honoured with an award.

June Fosker, 79, has been working at Oakham ambulance station for almost 18 years. And although she is only required to work eight hours a week, she is a key part of the team.

She supports colleagues in any way she can, from organising the tea fund to bringing in chocolates and biscuits for the staff. She has also donated curtains and cushions to make the station more comfortable.

Last year she fell whilst fetching milk for the station and broke her arm. She continued to try to help and when she couldn’t her husband George took on the role.

The East Midlands Ambulance Service crew at Oakham wanted to thank June for all her hard work. So they put her forward for a Chief Executive’s Commendation, which was awarded at a special ceremony last week.

June was surprised but delighted to receive the honour. She said: “I’m very proud. It’s very nice. I didn’t expect all the flowers and chocolates.

“We’re like one big family here. I fetch all their teas and coffees. I make sure it’s clean and comfortable when they get in. If they have had a hard day it’s nice for them to relax and have a cup of tea.”

June still enjoys her job, saying she never worries about waking up and going to work. The crew at the station are always pleased to see her smile when she arrives.

East Midlands Ambulance Service locality manager for Leicestershire and Rutland Mick Jones was keen to thank June for her hard work.

He said: “June has been part of the family at Oakham for over 17 years. She is so much more than a cleaner, she is a friend who makes sure our staff are well looked after.

“June is always there with a friendly face and a listening ear and is very well thought of by our staff.”