Tributes paid to Bridlington Hospital campaigner mum, 40

Michelle George.
Michelle George.

AN INSPIRATIONAL Bridlington mum who campaigned to keep services at the town’s hospital has sadly died.

Michelle George, 40, passed away on Friday October 12 at Scarborough Hospital. She was married to husband Steve for nine years and they had a son, Charlie, who is nearly one.

Steve said: “She was a fighter and an inspiration to so many, and she will be very much missed. She was well loved by everyone. ”

Michelle was a Unite union representative and joined Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust and Bridlington Hospital in 2001 as a Medical Secretary.

In 2009 she moved to Scarborough Hospital as a Service Improvement Support Officer.

Terry Cunliffe, Unite the Union regional officer, said: “We are devastated by the sad news that we have lost Michelle. She was a tireless Representative for all her colleagues at work, and inspirational as an advocate for the principles of the NHS. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and in particular her husband Steve and baby Charles.”

In 2008, Michelle, who was a keen archer, travelled to 10 Downing Street alonsgide Bridlington Mayor Ray Allerston, Free Press reporters and other campaigners to present a 38,168 name petition to the government to stop local hospital cuts.

Peta Hayward, director of HR for the York NHS Trust, said: “On behalf of the trust I would like to offer our sincerest sympathy to Michelle’s family.

“Having worked in the NHS for over twenty years and as a Union Representative for 12 years Michelle was a well known and well respected member of staff and will be greatly missed by friends and colleagues at both Bridlington and Scarborough Hospitals.”