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Thousands raised for nurse killed in fire

Colleagues and friends of Alan Phillips have raised money for his funeral and a send off
Alan Philips

More than £6,000 has been raised in memory of a nurse who died in a house fire.

Senior charge nurse Alan Phillips, who died in a fire in Brighton

Alan Phillips died following a blaze at his basement flat in Brighton in the early hours of July 2.

The death of the senior charge nurse, who was based at the Claude Nichol Centre sexual health clinic, has attracted generous donations towards the cost of his funeral.

An event organised by his friends was held at the weekend and featured performances from drag acts.

Devastated

A Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust spokesman said Mr Phillips’ colleagues were devastated by his death and remembered him as an inspirational nurse.

Friends and colleagues spoke of Mr Phillips’ great sense of humour and kindness,

Fellow nurse Tracey Buckingham initially set up a JustGiving page to

More than £6,000 has been raised in memory of a nurse who died in a house fire.

Alan Philips
Senior charge nurse Alan Phillips, who died in a fire in Brighton

Alan Phillips died following a blaze at his basement flat in Brighton in the early hours of July 2.

The death of the senior charge nurse, who was based at the Claude Nichol Centre sexual health clinic, has attracted generous donations towards the cost of his funeral.

An event organised by his friends was held at the weekend and featured performances from drag acts.

Devastated

A Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust spokesman said Mr Phillips’ colleagues were devastated by his death and remembered him as an inspirational nurse.

Friends and colleagues spoke of Mr Phillips’ great sense of humour and kindness,

Fellow nurse Tracey Buckingham initially set up a JustGiving page to raise £4,000 to give Mr Phillips ‘a right royal send off’, but donations have now reached £6,230.

Ms Buckingham described herself as Mr Phillips’ ‘work wife and one of his many, many dear friends.’

Writing on the page she said: ‘We laughed, we cried, we drove each other mad, we sang dreadfully and I loved him with all my heart … I will miss him forever.’

Award

In 2014, Mr Phillips won a Brighton and Sussex Medical School top teacher award after students voted him the best allied health professional for his enthusiasm and effort. He won the award for a second time in 2015.

The fire is not being treated as suspicious and Mr Phillip's funeral is being held on Thursday July 14.

Further information:
Visit Mr Phillip's JustGiving page

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