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Latest nurse to die with COVID-19 ‘would do anything to help others’

Mental health nurse Wilbald Tesha gave 30 years’ service to the NHS
Nurse Wilbald Tesha

Mental health nurse Wilbald Tesha gave 30 years service to the NHS

Tributes have been paid to much loved mental health nurse Wilbald Tesha who died last week after contracting coronavirus.

Mr Tesha, a mental health nurse at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, had worked in the NHS for the past 30 years.

His death brings to 90 the toll of nurses and healthcare assistants believed by Nursing Standard to have died in the COVID-19 pandemic and comes after an almost three-month gap in workforce fatalities.

A good friend to so many and a great loss to colleagues

Sussex Partnership Trust chief executive, Samantha Allen said Mr Tesha will be dearly missed and that support will be offered to his family, friends, and colleagues.

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Mental health nurse Wilbald Tesha gave 30 years’ service to the NHS


Nurse Wilbald Tesha

Tributes have been paid to ‘much loved’ mental health nurse Wilbald Tesha who died last week after contracting coronavirus.

Mr Tesha, a mental health nurse at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, had worked in the NHS for the past 30 years.

His death brings to 90 the toll of nurses and healthcare assistants believed by Nursing Standard to have died in the COVID-19 pandemic and comes after an almost three-month gap in workforce fatalities.

A good friend to so many and a great loss to colleagues

Sussex Partnership Trust chief executive, Samantha Allen said Mr Tesha will be dearly missed and that support will be offered to his family, friends, and colleagues.

‘I have heard many, many wonderful things about Tesha – about what a kind, caring and compassionate nurse he was, a good friend to many and someone who would do anything to help another,’ she said.

‘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.’

‘Tesha was an extremely talented, caring and humble man, thinking only of others when he was dealing with the most challenging and critical situation in his own life’

Jason O'Flaherty, trustee of the charity Wishing Well 

Development work in Tanzania

Mr Tesha was born in Tanzania and grew up in the village of Shimbwe at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro.

At the time of his death he had been in the process of developing a scheme to support children and families from the village with the charity Wishing Well.

An online fundraiser has been set up to create a legacy project for children in Shimbwe.

‘A talented, caring and humble man’

Extract from a tribute to Wilbald Tesha written by his friend Jason O'Flaherty, a trustee of the charity Wishing Well 

‘I was in close contact with Tesha whilst he was in hospital and even when Tesha was very ill in the intensive care unit I asked him if there was anything he needed me to do for him. All he asked for was for me to move forward with the school project in his home village. 

‘Tesha was an extremely talented, caring and humble man, thinking only of others when he was dealing with the most challenging and critical situation in his own life.’

Read the full statement here

 


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