Princess Anne has a joke with a former A&E nurse before presenting an OBE for an outstanding PPE campaign.


Princess Anne has a joke with a former A&E nurse before presenting an OBE for an outstanding PPE campaign.

PRINCESS ANNE cracked a joke with an ex-A&E nurse at Windsor Castle as she presented her with an OBE.

On October 12, NHS nurse Ashleigh Linsdell, 31, visited the Princess Royal, 71, at Windsor Castle. The A&E nurse traveled from Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, to Berkshire to accept her well-deserved OBE.

Following her investiture, Ms Linsdell, who now works as a community specialist nurse in East Anglia, joins the ranks of former footballer David Beckham and actress Keira Knightly.

Princess Anne, though, made a characteristically quick-witted remark during the ceremony, according to the A&E nurse.

Ms Linsdell, speaking to the Press Association, said: “‘So you’re an A&E nurse?’ she asked the first time we met. You won’t be working as an A&E nurse for much longer!” “This isn’t my firstborn,” the OBE winner said, “and she did point out that at least I know what I’m doing.” After launching the PPE campaign ‘For the Love of Scrubs,’ the 31-year-old was awarded the second-highest Order of the British Empire.

During the first COVID-19 wave in the spring of 2020, Ms Linsdell began the campaign while working at the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincolnshire.

According to Lincolnshire Live, the self-taught seamstress has made an appeal for custom designers, tailors, and seamstresses to assist in the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline NHS workers.

Before starting her campaign, the A&E nurse was forced to fabricate PPE for her coworkers after supplies ran out, which meant they had to wear “undignified” paper garments.

“Imagine working a full shift in a pair of paper scrubs,” she stated at the time.

“They’re not respectable; if you bend over, they split, and it’s just awful.”

Ms Linsdell also noted during the first wave: “Scrubs are in high demand across the country.

“Merseyside Hospital, for example, has requested 400 pairs of scrubs because they are in desperate need.

“Retired NHS personnel and new pandemic volunteers can’t wear their own clothes since there isn’t enough uniform.”

According to the BBC, over 70,000 volunteers manufactured 1.2 million pieces of personal protective equipment as a result of Ms Linsdell’s campaign.


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