Teacher Rizpah Shires, Deputy Head of English, is a member of the Hook Norton group of volunteers supporting the NHS and has responsibility for driving a cancer patient to and from her hospital appointments for blood tests and chemotherapy.

Rizpah-Shires

Miss Shires, who has lived in the Oxfordshire village for 15 years, will also take requests for help with shopping and prescriptions, she told the Banbury Guardian: ‘’Hook Norton is a friendly village and one which cares about its residents. As public sector workers, we are all in it together. As a teacher I feel a sense of duty to help our wonderful NHS.

“This is also an opportunity for people to show how kind they are. We are all indebted to the NHS. My partner Derek has Parkinson’s and he has a consultant that he sees along with a nurse and a physiotherapist.

He wouldn’t be able to function without the NHS and in another country the drugs that he takes would not be provided. The care from the NHS is faultless.

The residents we help are very grateful and I’m grateful to Sylvia Thomas, Principal at Wykham Park for adjusting the rota to allow me to help when needed.”

Read the full story online on the Aspirations website or in the Banbury Guardian.

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