Praise has been heaped on former Network Rail employee by NHS after organ donation saves lives
OREANDA-NEWS. Praise has been heaped on former Network Rail employee by NHS after organ donation saves lives.
A popular Network Rail employee who tragically lost his life in a road collision in June has been praised during Organ Donation Week by the NHS as seven of his organs helped save the lives of others.
Gavin Roberts, who was 28, died following a collision on the A34 and his positive impact on those around him continued after his death as he was a registered donor which meant his organs helped save the lives of seven people.
The construction manager has now been praised during Organ Donation Week, which runs from September 5th to 11th, by Anthony Clarkson, Assistant Director of Organ Donation and Nursing at NHS Blood and Transplant for his impact following his death. He said: “Gavin’s donation is a wonderful gift, and his family should take great pride and comfort from knowing Gavin has transformed the lives of others.
“We hope his generosity will inspire more people to talk to those close to them about donation. By joining the organ donation register and letting others know about your decision, you too can save lives."
Visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 23 23. Share your decision with your friends, using hashtag #YesIDonate
Tributes paid as train named after popular man who died in a car crash
A popular Network Rail employee who tragically lost his life in a road collision in June has been commemorated by colleagues as a specialist train he worked on has been named after him.
Gavin Roberts, who was 28, moved to Swindon from Dapto, New South Wales, Australia, earlier this year. His positive impact on those around him continued after his death as he was a registered donor which meant his organs helped save the lives of seven people.
He was a construction manager for Network Rail and worked on the High Output Plant system (HOPs) train that is used on the Great Western electrification programme that will see electric trains introduced on the Great Western main line.
Possessing an abundance of energy and zeal, he had a positive impact on those around him and his colleagues, left devastated by his passing, arranged for the HOPs train to be named after him with a ceremony taking place on Wednesday (31 August).
The ceremony was held at Network Rail’s High Output Operations Base in Swindon where the HOPs trains are kept and was attended by Gavin’s partner, friends and colleagues. A moment of reflection was led by The Railway Chaplin, Alan Thorpe, before Network Rail’s chief executive Mark Carne addressed the audience before unveiling the Gavin Roberts plaque.
Chief executive for Network Rail, Mark Carne, said: “It is clear from the reaction of family, friends and colleagues just how special Gavin was to many people. It seems that he touched the lives of all that met him and it seems right to commemorate him by naming the very train he worked on.
“I hope that the Gavin Roberts train will help further keep the memory of him alive and it recognises the work and impact he had on everyone connected with Network Rail.”
Gavin’s line manager, Jim Rollo, said: “Gavin was a larger than life character and made friends wherever his travels took him.
“He took some of the newer members of the team under his wing and not only shared with them his extensive overhead line equipment knowledge; he also helped them grow in confidence within their role.
“Gavin’s family and partner Meg remember him as ‘the Gavin that keeps on giving’. Gavin was only with us for five months but was loved by all and he will always be part of our team.”
Gavin’s girlfriend Meg Williamson and his closest friends Yuga Balakrishna and David Brockie were presented with a replica nameplate to mark the occasion as prayers and some of Gavin’s favourite songs were played.
The Gavin Roberts HOPs train is only the second to be named, the other was named Brunel, after the great engineer, at a ceremony in June 2014, by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
The ceremony was filmed by Network Rail and a video of the proceedings will be sent to Gavin’s family who live in Australia and were unable to attend.
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 36,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.