Swansea Bay University Health Board have paid tribute to health care support worker Beverley Ford, who has died following a positive test for COVID-19
In a statement, Swansea Bay University health Board said: “It is with great sadness that we report the death of a much loved member of staff who had tested positive for COVID-19.”
Beverley Ford, who was 55, had worked for the health board’s Learning Disability service for 36 years as a health care support worker.
Her friends and colleagues described Beverley as lovable, approachable, always thinking of others, motherly, kind hearted, beautiful, strong, caring, supportive, a true friend, funny, a loud personality, always going above and beyond and very thoughtful.
David Roberts, Swansea Bay UHB Director for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities said: “We are heartbroken at the loss of our friend and colleague. During her service Bev gained a huge insight into learning disability and she helped pave the way for others. Bev had a natural ability to connect with people with profound communication difficulties and was an example for all her colleagues to follow.
“Our thoughts are with her husband Simon, her family and her friends at this very sad time.”
Starting in Hensol Hospital in 1984, Bev later moved to Brynafon Learning Disability Unit in Ferndale in 2003 following the hospital’s closure.
The health board’s statement continues: “Bev’s stories of her time working at Hensol were shared amongst everyone and were always told by Bev in only a way that Bev could – positive, funny and with great pride.
“Bev became a very popular person within Learning Disability nursing and she always checked in on people she hadn’t seen for some time.
“People who worked with Bev could tell endless stories about her. What made her so special was her approach, attitude, her passion for work, life, and her family and friends.
“Bev loved her animals, particularly Alsatians. Her dog Zack, despite him being a massive ball of fluff was her little boy. She rescued cats, had fish and rabbits over the years, all at the same time, referring to her home as a petting zoo. She would always talk about retiring and going to volunteer in animal shelters but was worried about how many animals she would end up taking home.
“Even though Bev took great pride in her work and was always proud of her career, her greatest love was her family. She met her husband Simon whilst working at Hensol where he was a window cleaner. Simon went on to become a health care support worker himself and they were married for 36 years.
“The stories of Bev will live on and she will remain in people’s thoughts and hearts.”