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Fundraiser set up for 'well-loved' Northampton healthcare worker who died 'unexpectedly' at home – Northampton Chronicle and Echo

A fundraiser has been set up to raise money for the funeral of a young healthcare worker, who passed away ‘unexpectedly’ in his home at the start of this year.

Healthcare worker at St Andrews Hospital, Prosper Panashe Ndere, died at the age of 25 in his Northampton home on Sunday, January 2, 2022.

Friends and colleagues of his mother, Winnie Gavu – who also works at St Andrew’s – have pulled together to set up a fundraising page so that Prosper’s family can repatriate and bury him in his birth country, Zimbabwe. There, he can be grieved by his father, his grandparents and his extended family.

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Prosper Panashe Ndere died at the age of 25.Prosper Panashe Ndere died at the age of 25.
Prosper Panashe Ndere died at the age of 25.

Emily Bates, who set up the fundraising page, said: “He brought joy to many lives, even on their darkest days.

“He loved to cook, especially for his mum. He enjoyed reading; when not reading, he was engaging in his other love – his exercise bike. He loved to exercise and keep active. He was a loving son, who loved to spend quality family time with his mum.

“Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family, especially his mother – who is also part of the St Andrew’s family – his friends, and colleagues during this tragic time.

“We have created this page to help towards funeral costs, as this is not something a mother and father prepares for, to lose her beloved son, at the age of 25.”

The GoFundMe page aims to raise £3,500 to support Propser’s family and, so far, it has generated more than £2,500 from 118 donors.

CEO of St Andrew’s Healthcare, Jess Lievesley, added: “Everyone who knew and worked with Prosper was deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the sad news about his death.

“He was a committed, well-regarded and well-loved healthcare assistant, who worked within the St Andrew’s family for five years.

“He was passionate and dedicated to his job and made a huge difference to many patient lives with his compassionate, caring approach. He will be hugely missed.

“As a charity, we are supporting his mum Winnie – who also works here – as much as we can during this difficult time. I very much hope the family are able to raise the funds they need towards his funeral.”

To make a donation to support Propser’s family, visit their GoFundMe page.

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UK: Injured Zim International gets new Plymouth Argyle deal – New

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Defender Brendan Galloway will be doing all that he can to be fit again for pre-season this summer, according to Plymouth Argyle manager Steven Schumacher.

Galloway, 25, is setting out on a rehabilitation programme after an operation to repair a torn patellar tendon in one of his knees.

The Zimbabwe international has been boosted by signing a new contract with the Pilgrims this week which will take him through until June 2023.

Now, with his future settled, Galloway can concentrate on recovering from the injury he suffered in the 3-0 League One defeat by Wycombe Wanderers at Home Park in late November.

Galloway had previously been on a short-term deal with Argyle after joining them in pre-season as a free agent.

However, his impressive performances before his injury clearly warranted a longer contract and the club were ready to do that even though he will not play again this season.

Schumacher said: “It had been agreed for a couple of weeks, it’s just that he has been up north with his family in the early part of his rehab.

“He came back early on this week and the contract was there ready for him to sign. I’m pleased he has done it and made up for him, and now he can fully focus on getting himself fit again.”

With Galloway sidelined, Argyle have brought in 22-year-old Romoney Crichlow on loan from Huddersfield Town until the end of the season to compete for the place on the left side of defence with Macaulay Gillesphey.

All being well, Galloway will be ready for the start of the 2022/23 EFL campaign.

Schumacher said: “Speaking to the medical team, that’s their plan. They have got a rehab programme in place for Brendan that he will follow.

“Brendan is a good professional and he has been in this situation before where he knows how to get back to full fitness.

“It’s not something that’s new to him. I know he will be doing everything he can to get himself right for pre-season, and if he gets back in pre-season then we have got another real good player for our squad, ready to go.”

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Taiwan on COVID alert as domestic Omicron cases spike – NewsDay

Taiwan’s government ordered a tightening of controls on Saturday after a rare spike in domestic transmission of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, saying it needed to act now to prevent being overwhelmed even though overall numbers remain quite low.

After months of no or few community infections, Taiwan has seen a small rise in local COVID-19 cases since the start of the month, almost all Omicron, mainly linked to workers at the main international airport in the northern city of Taoyuan who were infected by arriving passengers.

The infections have gradually spread although numbers remain comparatively low with a dozen or so new cases a day, but on Friday evening the government announced 60 new cases at a factory near the airport after testing 1,000 workers.

There have been no deaths and most of the cases have had only mild or no symptoms.

Speaking to reporters, officials announced a series of new steps, including a ban on eating and drinking on public transport and limits on the number of people visiting temples, ahead of the week-long Lunar New Year holiday which starts at the end of this month.

Testing will be expanded to reach the largest number of possible contacts, said Health Minister Chen Shih-chung.

“Of course we think this pandemic is threatening, so we must raise our vigilance,” he said.

In a statement, Premier Su Tseng-chang said even though this outbreak has brought no serious illness, steps needed to be taken now.

“If the pandemic cannot be contained, it will still cause a burden on the medical system,” he said.

Taiwan has been highly successful at controlling the pandemic due to early and strict border checks and a well-oiled tracing system.

Current new daily cases are well below the middle of last year when thousands were infected during a three-month domestic outbreak, and life has carried on as normal for most people.

More than 70% of people in Taiwan have received two vaccine doses and booster shots are currently being rolled out, though only around 15% of residents have had their third shot so far.- Reuters

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Be brave, I was once an orphan too, little one! – Daily Mail

Be brave, I was once an orphan too, little one! Poignant image shows Kadiki the elephant wrapping her trunk around baby Beatrix to reassure her as she meets the rest of the herd in Zimbabwe

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