Peter thanks his NHS heroes

Alice McAvoy with Peter and wife Fumiko Miller and Angela McLauchlan at Oban Ambulance Station

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Taxi driver Peter Miller who survived Covid has thanked his NHS heroes by handing over £1,000.

The money he saved from tips and passenger donations will go towards ambulance training equipment or to the area’s community first responder group.

Mr Miller spent two weeks in an induced coma, two more weeks in intensive care and a further three weeks on a hospital ward before being allowed home after contracting the virus in April last year.

The 51-year-old was so ill his family were told by doctors to prepare to say their goodbyes.

But he battled on and eventually got back to work at Oban taxi rank where he saved tips and collected passenger donations to give to his NHS heros as a thank you.

‘It’s important to me the money stays local and goes to help others in the area. I’m so thankful for the help I got when I needed it,’ said Peter.

Oban paramedic team leader George Turner said: ‘It’s very much appreciated. It’s a very kind gift. Hearing how he raised it is amazing. Obviously it’s great to see him back looking so well after falling ill with Covid.’

Ambulance care assistants Angela McLauchlan and Alice McAvoy were at the station last week to be reunited with Peter and received flowers and his £1,000 donation.

The pair were the team who picked Peter up from hospital in Glasgow to bring him home to Oban. Mr Miller also wanted to thank ambulance technician Dawn MacKenzie who  bluelighted him from Lorn & The Islands Hospital with a retrieval medical team for specialist treatment at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

Mr Miller has started a second round of fundraising with a £2,000 target to share between the two hospitals that helped save him.

If his recovery continues to make good progress, he plans to climb Ben Nevis to boost his fundraising efforts.


Caption: Alice McAvoy with Peter and wife Fumiko Miller and Angela McLauchlan at Oban Ambulance Station.