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Nurse who spent 30 years working for the NHS dies from coronavirus

A mental health nurse who spent almost 30 years working for the NHS has died after contracting coronavirus.

Wilbald Tesha, who worked at Eastbourne District General Hospital, was described by colleagues as ‘kind, caring, and compassionate.’ He was admitted into intensive care before his death last week.

The father of one came from a small Tanzanian village called Simbwe, which is located at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro.

He had been living and working in Eastbourne for the last three decades where he was well known for his charitable work.

Samantha Allen, chief executive of the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘I have heard many, many wonderful things about Tesha and what a kind, caring and compassionate nurse he was – a good friend to many and someone who would do anything to help another.

‘I know he will be dearly missed and over the days and weeks ahead we will do all we can to support his family, friends and colleagues.

‘I do not underestimate the impact of his loss across the teams in East Sussex, particularly all who worked with him in Eastbourne and on the many patients Tesha will have come to know over his many years in the service.’

A week before his death, Mr Tesha planned on creating a project with the Wishing Well charity to support the women and children living in his former home-village.

A fundraiser has been was set up to continue his work and has already raised nearly £7,000 of its £10,000 target.

Organisers said they wanted to create a ‘lasting legacy’ for a man who never forgot where he came from, and ‘completely refurbish every classroom in his former primary school’ in his name.

Concerns over the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities in the UK prompted NHS England to advise trusts to risk-assess BAME workers and consider removing them from the frontline.

Mr Tesha is the 196th frontline healthcare worker to die from coronavirus in the UK, according to PA Media.

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