33 years as the station cleaner

Long service award for Eastwood ambulance station cleaner Carol Staley. Leigh Smith presents award to Carol Staley Mark Ward, Wendy Hazard and Roger Watson.
Long service award for Eastwood ambulance station cleaner Carol Staley. Leigh Smith presents award to Carol Staley Mark Ward, Wendy Hazard and Roger Watson.

The cleaner at Eastwood Ambulance Station was presented with a golden mop and a medal for completing 33 years service.

Carol Staley is a highly respected member of the team at the station, overseeing its maintenance and stocking up refreshments as well as keeping everywhere clean and tidy.

Station manager Leigh Smith and the rest of the team presented her with a golden mop, as well as a long service medal.

Leigh said: “She has been here that long that we thought we would add a bit of a bit of humour to it with the mop, and she’s now got it hanging from her locker!

But Leigh said Carol was not just a cleaner and was a highly valued member of the team.

“She’s part of the team and keeps the station ticking over,” he said.

“She mothers everybody and looks after everything. She’s been a very valuable member of staff.”

The manager said Carol goes above and beyond her call of duty.

“She comes in at 6am for the change of shift to see the staff and to make sure the vehicles are clean. She really puts a lot of effort in.

“She pops in all the time. If she sees an ambulance there she will call in and have a chat and make us a drink. She often just brings us milk!,” said Leigh.

But Carol, 64, of Greenhills Road, has absolutely no plans to retire.

“I love it so much. I miss it when I don’t go,” she said.

“I’ll carry on another ten years if I can. I can’t bear the thought of finishing. It would be like the end of an era.

“I’ve known them all a long time and I feel like a part of the family,” added Carol.

Eastwood Ambulance Station was commended for being so clean and tidy following an inspection back in February this year.