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Wednesday 06 May 2020

Heroes helping heroes: Lucy’s story

Posted by: Help For Heroes

A former RAF senior aircraftsman is one of the NHS heroes now battling on the frontline fight against coronavirus. 

Lucy Holt, 27, of Digby, explained how her military training equipped her well for her role supporting district nurses on visits to vulnerable patients. She herself suffered a horrific ankle injury whilst playing netball for the RAF and has had three operations on her ankle, something which has left her with severely limited movement.

"After the surgery, they thought it was fine, then the wound on the outside started to break down because it didn't have a blood supply. I was left with a hole in my foot. They had to take the blood supply from the back of the foot to the front.”

The injury has taken its toll on Lucy, who says she has struggled with her mental health since the incident.

"It's affected my wellbeing - I was crying all the time. It's had a massive impact because I'm not able to do the stuff I love. I'm not able to run around with my five-year-old, which has been tough.”

As a result of her injuries, Lucy was medically discharged and now works for Lincolnshire Community Health Service, covering two district nursing teams.

“I am leading a team of five, on a daily basis we are taking medical supplies to our nursing homes and patients, as well as supporting the district nurses in the community on their visits.

“When seeing our patients we are in full PPE but it’s very worrying knowing that we can be potentially taking it back to our families. As a team, we are working well supporting each other as best as we can, at times it is hard to keep morale high, but we are pulling together.”

On top of this Lucy’s husband, who was due home from deployment on the 28 March is now not due home until July at the earliest. Her son is currently with her mum as her work hours have been extended to 12 hours shifts.

Lucy will compete for Team UK at next year’s Invictus Games in The Hague and said she is still training every day when she gets home in the evening. She’s training virtually alongside her teammates and this is giving her the determination to keep going and not give up.

She added: “If we keep on with our sport during these times, we have the potential to come out the other side stronger, both physically and mentally.”

Mel Waters, CEO of Help for Heroes, said: “By stepping up to serve their country once again, this time in the nation’s fight against coronavirus, our wounded veterans and their families are showing huge strength once more in the face of adversity. The nation’s keyworkers are all heroes, and we are so proud of our veterans who are doing their bit to help the NHS in these extraordinary times”.