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50-year ambulance service veteran ‘chuffed and over the moon’ to switch on Waterloo Christmas lights

A 50-year veteran of the London Ambulance Service (LAS) was “chuffed and over the moon” to switch on the Christmas lights at the Waterloo headquarters this year.

John Boyaram, 68, joined the service in 1971 as a teenager, and has worked in patient transport services, taking people to and from appointments, and in the 999 control room.

John also met his wife Carol at the LAS headquarters and they have two children and four grandchildren.

John said: “I am really chuffed and over the moon to be invited to switch on the lights this year, and recognised again for my long service. I feel incredibly valued by the service and I am honoured to stand alongside my colleagues today for this moment. This is something I will treasure for the rest of my life.

“In the fifty years I have been at the service I have seen lots of changes in the organisation, but what hasn’t changed is that our staff and volunteers are our greatest asset.

“It is wonderful to see the impressive clinical expertise which continues to grow across the service and it is also brilliant to see all the clinical development opportunities, as well as the support services, available to our staff and volunteers.”

Chief executive Daniel Elkeles joined John and Carol for a mince pie after the ceremony.
He said: “It is humbling and inspiring to spend time with John – Londoners are lucky to have him looking after them and we are lucky to have him in our team.
“I am deeply grateful for his passion and commitment to his patients and to his colleagues.
“Thank you to all our staff and volunteers this Christmas – I hope as many of you as possible can enjoy our tree – a little bit of joy after all the turbulent times we have been through.”
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