Velindre Cancer Healthcare Support Worker dies after testing positive for Coronavirus

A healthcare support worker has died after testing positive for coronavirus, Velindre University NHS Trust have said.

Mother-of-two Donna Campbell, 54, worked at one of Velindre's cancer centres before passing away in the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

She is thought to be the third healthcare worker in Wales to die after contracting the virus.

In a statement the Velindre University NHS Trust said: "It is with incredible sadness, that we are letting you know that on Friday, Donna Campbell, one of our Velindre Cancer Centre Healthcare Support Workers, passed away at the University Hospital Wales, Cardiff after being tested positive for COVID-19".

A statement from Race Council Cymru said: "We are devastated to hear that our beautiful sister Donna Campbell passed away in hospital. Sheselflessly gave her life serving on the frontline.

"She is survived by her beloved mum Lydia, her beautiful daughter Lucia and her lovely son Vinnay and her sister Cerys.

"I am devastated for her mum, kids, sister and her family at this sad time."

The Velindre University NHS trust said Donna had worked at the cancer centre for many years, initially as a volunteer.

Velindre said all their staff, and particularly Donna's team on First Floor Ward, "are completely heartbroken that their beautiful, kind-hearted friend and colleague has died".

“She was without doubt a treasured member of our work family who could light up a room with her infectious laugh and bubbly personality, but at the same time she had the most wonderful ability to comfort and care for people.’’

The trust said patients and their families often commented on how Donna’s warm and genuine nature made then feel comforted and loved even at the most difficult of times.

Velindre Cancer Healthcare Support Worker, Donna Campbell dies after testing positive for Covid-19 Credit: Velindre University NHS Trust

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