Princess Anne: Seb Coe recalls blunder at Olympics committee
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NHS nurse Ashleigh Linsdell, 31, met the Princess Royal, 71, at Windsor Castle on October 12. The A&E nurse, from Peterborough in Cambridgeshire, made the trip down to Berkshire to receive her well-deserved OBE.
Ms Linsdell, who now works as a community specialist nurse in East Anglia, joins the likes of ex-footballer David Beckham and actress Keira Knightly following her investiture.
But during the ceremony, the A&E nurse said Princess Anne made a characteristically quick-witted quip.
Speaking to the Press Association, Ms Linsdell said: “The first thing she said to me was, ‘So you’re an A&E nurse? You’re not going to be an A&E nurse for much longer!”
The OBE recipient responded: “This isn’t my first born and she did point out that at least I know what I’m doing.”
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The 31-year-old received the second-ranking Order of the British Empire after she launched the PPE campaign ‘For the Love of Scrubs’.
Ms Linsdell started the campaign while working at the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincolnshire, during the first COVID-19 wave in the spring of 2020.
According to Lincolnshire Live, the self-taught seamstress appealed for custom designers, tailors and seamstresses to help provide PPE for frontline NHS workers.
Before launching her campaign, the A&E nurse was forced to make her colleagues PPE after supplies ran out, meaning they were instead required to wear “undignified” paper clothing.
“Imagine wearing a set of paper scrubs for an entire shift,” she said at the time.
“They’re not dignified – if you bend over they split, it’s just horrible.”
During the first wave, Ms Linsdell also said: “There’s a huge nationwide demand for scrubs.
“Merseyside Hospital, for example, has asked for 400 sets of scrubs, they’re really, really struggling.
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“Retired NHS workers and new volunteers for the pandemic can’t wear their own clothes, and there’s not enough uniform for them.”
Following Ms Linsdell’s campaign, the BBC reports over 70,000 volunteers produced 1.2million items of PPE.
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