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Mr Noel Peter, Oxford University Global Surgery Group member and Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedics, led the UK in a minute’s silence on Tuesday 28 April 2020 to pay tribute to all the healthcare workers who have lost their lives fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

'We Will Never Forget' picture showing hands, a heart and a rainbow.

Speaking to BBC Radio Gloucestershire, Mr Peter said: “We’re like everyone else. In the morning, we feel fear and anxiety like everyone else; it’s the new norm during this pandemic. But fear and apprehension is not a sign of weakness. It’s what makes us human. I feel that every worker in this country has been exhibiting immense courage”.

Mr Peter lost a colleague to COVID-19, and over 100 other healthcare workers have lost their lives. They are among those who were remembered, when the country paused and took a moment to commemorate the frontline workers who have fought relentlessly for us. The loss of our heroes has been sorely felt across the country.

We thank Mr Noel Peters for reminding us that our heroes are human, and for initiating this heartwarming tribute to them and their families.

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