OL Matthew working in the Covid-19 frontline
Matthew Leopold (OL) describes himself as a Brand Marketer by day but by night, is a highly trained St John’s Ambulance volunteer with the Ambulance Service. He is also one of the leaders for St John’s London’s Medical Response Team, a specialist team that responds to 999 calls in challenging environments. Matthew is now heading up the volunteer teams which will be working alongside the NHS staff and the Army at the new Nightingale Hospital opening next week, in response to the current crisis.
He advises everyone to “Follow the government guidelines and look after the community. Small measures and steps can make a huge difference. I am deeply proud of my Leighton Park heritage. I am seeing the ethos of service shining bright across thousands of volunteers. We are not through the worst, but we are certainly seeing the best. Look after yourselves”.
St John volunteers will work day and night in shifts of 100 people at a time, supporting nurses, looking after COVID-19 patients as they undergo treatment, rehabilitation and during their recovery.
At Leighton Park, Matthew was an ardent volunteer, supporting the school charitable initiatives, the Tech crew and was awarded the prestigious Oakleaf Award for extraordinary service to the community. Winning a Travel Scholarship, he spent a year working at Friends School Tasmania, seizing every opportunity that came his way there too. We will be thinking and sending every good wish to Matthew, and all the volunteers and staff.