Nurses rewarded with top seats to Paralympics

Nick Clegg with Sheffield Children's Hospital nurses l-r : Samantha Pollard, Margaret October, Charlotte Robinson and Donna Brailsford.
Nick Clegg with Sheffield Children's Hospital nurses l-r : Samantha Pollard, Margaret October, Charlotte Robinson and Donna Brailsford.
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NURSES from Sheffield Children’s Hospital had four of the best seats in the house for the opening ceremony of the Paralympics.

The nurses were invited by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to see the ceremony in London, as well as attend an official reception.

Mr Clegg met the women when the Olympic flame was carried through their wards as part of the torch relay.

Donna Brailsford, aged 31, a senior staff paediatric nurse who works in the emergency department, modern matron Margaret October, 55, and Samantha Pollard, 40, who works on the orthopaedics ward, joined Charlotte Robinson, 43, a play specialist, in accepting the MP’s invitation.

Margaret, from Graves Park, said: “We felt so honoured to have been chosen. It was a really nice gesture of the Deputy Prime Minister.

“The highlight was walking into the arena and seeing the huge spectacle that was the opening. It was really phenomenal, just huge. It was breathtaking and we had an absolutely wonderful time.

Donna, from Hillsborough, added: “It was a fabulous night with an excellent atmosphere. The vibrancy was great and I was just totally honoured and privileged to have experienced that.”

Meanwhile Elle Bradley Cox, 26, and Matthew Turner, 18, also received invitations from Nick Clegg in recognition of the time they devote to WORK Ltd in Ringinglow.

Elle said: “It was a fantastic opportunity, one I hope to tell my grandchildren about.”

Mr Clegg had several spare tickets for the ceremony and decided to ‘invite people who had impressed him over the last year’.