Train named in honour of Bristol Paramedic Kathryn Osmond
Kathryn Osmond, who died last year at the age of just 41, was nominated as part of Great Western Railway’s 100 Great Westerners.
Kathryn worked as a paramedic for the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) for 16 years and passed away aged 41 on her 41st birthday on 18th April 2017 after a battle with melanoma.
While coping with her illness Kathryn fought tirelessly to raise the awareness of melanoma and to find the "magic bullet" to beat it.
Melanoma UK CEO Gill Nuttall said: “Kathryn was such a pleasure to have known. She was a very popular character in the melanoma patient community and her efforts to support others, were widely acknowledged. Kathryn attended a NICE appraisal on behalf of other patients and because of her help, NICE was able to make a positive decision on a treatment that was pivotal for both patients and clinicians. She is sadly missed and the Melanoma UK team is delighted she has received such wonderful recognition.”
Alongside colleagues, she helped to raise tens of thousands of pounds over the course of a year through various challenges, one of the most memorable was when dozens of her colleagues took to the Clifton Suspension Bridge to do the Running Man Challenge.
The train naming took place in front of members of Kathryn’s immediate family, friends and former colleagues at Bristol Temple Meads this week, and the name was unveiled by Kathryn’s partner Sara.
Executive Director of Nursing and Governance for the South Western Ambulance Service, Jenny Winslade, gave a short speech about Kath’s career as a Senior Paramedic. "Looking back across her career, Kath stood out as a dedicated clinician, passionately caring about the patients she treated, as well as caring for her work colleagues. She courageously went onto inspire thousands of people sharing her experience online - as she then became the patient – helping others whilst going through treatment for an aggressive form of malignant melanoma. Kath was an excellent paramedic in every aspect. She was always calm and reassuring during moments of crisis and could bring her highly-skilled professional qualities to help any situation. Even in her last moments Kath’s dignity and composure never waivered, coming in to work when she was clearly poorly and never complaining, this just shows what an amazing lady she was. Kath has left a hole in the lives of so many people she worked with and we were all devastated by her loss, it was an honour to know her and to have worked with her. "
GWR Business Assurance Director Joe Graham said: “Kathryn epitomises the spirit of the Great Western in so many ways, and achieved so much in trying to help others. It is an honour that we are here today to name a train in her memory, and in so doing continue to raise awareness of this terrible disease not only here in Bristol, but across the Great Western network that we serve."Kathryn studied emergency care at the University of the West of England in Bristol and worked in Bristol and Weston-super-Mare.
GWR’s 100 Great Westerners were nominated by the public through the region’s media and are a mixture of well-known and less celebrated figures who have made a significant contribution to the West Country.
The fleet of Intercity Express Trains first started to be seen on the GWR network in October 2017, and each trains covers approximately 800 miles every day across the Great Western Railway network.