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Special tribute to loved and valued "Kindle Keith"

Keith Simpson (2589993)
Keith Simpson (2589993)

Fond memories of a dedicated volunteer will be celebrated at a special NHS 70th anniversary tea party in Bourne later this month.

Staff and friends of Lincolnshire’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Service will be hosting the special celebration in which everyone is welcome at the Elsea Park Community Centre from 10am to noon on Wednesday, June 27, in honour of Keith Simpson.

Keith, from Deeping St James, dedicated more than 40 years of his life to working in pathology laboratories in the NHS and became a volunteer at his local cardiac rehabilitation programme after completing it as a patient.

Keith’s wife, Judy, said: “Keith had his aortic valve replaced five-and-a-half years ago and completed the cardiac rehabilitation programme afterwards.

“He enjoyed it so much that he wanted to give something back and started to volunteer.”

Affectionately known to the team as ‘Kindle Keith’ for his love of reading during breaks, 80-year-old Keith would help set up equipment, greet and talk to visitors and help with refreshments.

He died in February this year.

Judy has now offered to volunteer for the team.

“Keith never thought of himself as someone special but I think he would be incredibly moved, as I am, to have this tea party in his honour.”

Money raised on the day will go to Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust’s Charitable Funds to help buy additional equipment to support rehabilitation sessions.

Laura Taylor, cardiac rehabilitation assistant, said: “Keith was a well loved and valued member of our team in Bourne and is terribly missed by us all.

“When we had the opportunity to celebrate 70 years of the NHS, it seemed only right to recognise Keith for his amazing 42 years service and to show our appreciation for his contribution to us.”

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