A nurse who worked at Watford General Hospital for over 19 years passed away on April 17, after being treated for symptoms of coronavirus.
Wilma Banaag, also known as Ate Wilma, moved to the UK from the Philippines in 2001 and worked on the Croxley Ward at the hospital.
West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust said: “Many of you will know Wilma Banaag, or ‘Ate Wilma’ as she was affectionately known.
“She was a staff nurse on the Croxley ward and her death on Friday has hit colleagues very hard. Ate Wilma, who joined us in 2001, was being treated for symptoms of COVID-19 at Watford General Hospital.
“She is described as ‘a truly kind and caring person, who would always be there to help and support others.’
“She is remembered for being a gentle, softly spoken and hardworking nurse with an unforgettable and infectious smile. She enjoyed her job caring for elderly patients and she will be very much missed.”
In a GoFundMe page in honour of her death, Maria Socorro Del Rosario described the mother of three as a “very caring, compassionate, soft spoken and hardworking nurse.”
She said: “So hard working, that up to her last days, she was still working in a COVID-19 ward.
“She was a devoted mother of three and a loving wife to Kuya Jun.”
At the time of writing, £7,800 has been raised through the fundraising page, which can be found heregofundme.com/f/bff-for-wilma