Bill Brady

It is with great sadness we share the news that Bill Brady, a community first responder (CFR) and co-ordinator in Bedfordshire passed away on Friday 28th October after a period of illness.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.

Bill became a CFR after completing his training in Cambourne three years ago. Bill was no stranger to the ambulance service as he had spent many years assisting us, with either winter pressures through the British Red Cross or supporting the delivery of training, including Heartstart, whilst up at our former commercial training department in Bedford.

Bill had a passion for helping others and he demonstrated this with his patient care as a CFR. He was well respected and took pride in everything he did. Soon after completing his induction training he went on to be a volunteer trainer, responsible for looking after a number of CFR groups within north Beds and met with them regularly to deliver updates and training. His friendly and caring attitude brought a smile to people's faces and he helped many people go on to pass their assessments.

No matter who Bill interacted with staff, volunteers or the public, everybody's opinion was the same......

Phil Elvidge - Paramedic – Kempston

"What a pleasure it has been for me knowing Bill and teaching with him and how grateful I always was for his support on courses I was present at; he was always so bright and cheerful when I saw him on jobs as well."

Diana Griffin – CFR – Stansted

Bill is such a gentleman and I have always been pleased to see him at training sessions because of his wonderful sense of humour and the time he has for everyone. “

He will be greatly missed and forever in our thoughts.

Bill’s funeral will be on Thursday, 17th November at 12.15pm at Norse Road Crematorium. A wake at the Barns Hotel on Cardington Road will take place afterwards and all are welcome. Bill’s loved ones have asked for family flowers only, but donations are welcomed for the British Heart Foundation, Kidney research and Parkinson’s. 

If you’ve been affected by Bill’s death and need support, please remember that the Trust’s employee assistance programme is available at any time. It’s free, confidential, runs 24/7 and can be accessed either on the phone or online. Just visit (user name: EEASTlogin, password: wellbeing), or call 0800 085 1376.

Published 3rd November, 2016

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