Porter Brian carries off award for his commitment

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BRIAN Rosenthal believes being a ‘people person’ with a sense of humour is the reason he has been voted Porter of the Year by hospital staff.

Brian, 54, has worked at West Suffolk Hospital for five years and on Friday was presented with the Michael Williams Porter of the Year shield in recognition of his commitment and dedication. It was presented by Lesley Williams, widow of Michael who was a porter for 10 years. All hospital staff can vote for the porter they feel deserves it.

Brian, from Bury St Edmunds, said he felt good humour was his major strength, but he stressed the importance of being able to judge the person.

“You’ve got to be a people person,” he said. “Every person is different and it’s all very good having a sense of humour but if someone has got something seriously wrong with them they might not want you laughing and joking with them. Normally, if you can lighten their day, that’s good.”

The runners-up for the award this year were Aaron Thomson, 21, from Lawshall, and Jeremy Cooper, 44, from Bury.

Jan Bloomfield, executive director of workforce and communications at the hospital, said: “It is a pleasure to be able to congratulate them publicly for their efforts and the compassion and dedication they show to their role.”