Porter Who Always Goes “Above and Beyond” Shortlisted for Prestigious Award
A porter at Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust’s St Michael’s Hospital has been shortlisted for The Sun’s ‘Who Cares Wins’ Unsung Hero award.
Ram Kurapati, who works for Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust, has become one of three finalists in the ‘Unsung Hero’ category, for his work at the mental health inpatient unit in Warwick.
Ram has been working at St Michael’s Hospital since 2011, during which time he has made a huge impact on staff and patients alike. “Reliable Ram” is always willing to lend a helping hand – even outside of his shift hours.
There is no job too small for Ram, who helps with everything including cleaning, gardening projects and collecting medication.
Ram, who is originally from India, moved to the UK in 2003 and now lives in Coventry with his wife, Indu, a district nurse, as well as his two sons.
He said: “It’s lovely to be nominated. I love my life and love talking to the patients. I feel a real sense of reward from the job. Every day is varied.”
Ram was nominated for the award by his colleague Victoria Edwards, deputy ward manager. Victoria saw the hard work Ram puts into everything he does and wanted to ensure it was recognised. Ram’s sunny personality is part of the reason he is so appreciated at the Trust.
Victoria said: “Ram is such a positive, pleasant and professional member of staff who always goes above and beyond in anything he is asked to do. He is a very happy man and is so proud to work for the NHS.
"We can always hear him whistling and singing to himself around the hospital think that he is so well-liked because he treats everyone with respect and kindness.
“From ward managers to patients, and cleaners – he treats everyone the same.”
Mel Coombes MBE, chief executive officer at Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS trust said: “We are so proud of Ram for being nominated for this prestigious award. Ram exemplifies all our Trust values, and we know it’s colleagues like Ram that keep our beloved NHS operating. Everyone here at CWPT and I wish him the very best of luck. We are already winners having people like Ram work with us every day.”
The winner of the award will be revealed at The Sun’s Who Cares Wins awards, which is sponsored by the National Lottery, in partnership with NHS Charities Together. The event will be hosted by Davina McCall, the show will air on Channel 4 on 18th September.