A paramedic couple from BBC's Ambulance documentary have spoken of the challenges they face while being on the frontline through the pandemic.
Gary Pullan and his wife Claire, who work for North West Ambulance Service, have both contracted coronavirus themselves, though fortunately neither suffered serious symptoms.
Claire, 43, said it was a privilege to work during this difficult time.
"We feel very humbled but lucky to be working as key workers during the pandemic," she told the MEN.
“With the country in lockdown and many people living in isolation, we are privileged to be able to go to work, see our colleagues and be there for our patients."
Claire, from Bury, Greater Manchester, said taking patients to hospital and having to leave family at home had been the most difficult part of the work.
She added: "It has been busy, but the worst part has been taking people in with Covid and not having families with them. That’s awful.
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"When you go with someone elderly whose husband of 50 years wants to go with them and they can't, that’s hard. Having to tell them 'sorry but you can't' – that's awful. We've had people begging to come in."
Now the couple are facing a battle of their own after their son was diagnosed with a brain tumour, for the second time.
Matthew Pullan, 19, was first diagnosed with a brain tumour at just three-years-old.
Despite all this, Matthew recovered and is currently working towards his A-Levels as he aims to get to university.
But then a checkup revealed a brain tumour – completely unlinked to the one that afflicted him as a child.
After surgery last July, Matthew's high-grade brainstem tumour is being managed with radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
Now, with the help of his family, he has decided to put everything he can into raising money for the charity Brain Tumour Research .
Claire said she is incredibly proud of Matthew.
She said: "Matthew is an inspirational young man; we are so very proud of him and despite knowing the limitations of his condition, Matthew also wants to raise awareness to help others who are diagnosed with this devastating illness."
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Now Gary, Claire and Matthew – along with his twin brother Alex, brother Mark, 15, and stepbrother Samuel, 12 – are all helping Brain Tumour Research celebrate its Wear A Hat Day campaign.
Brain Tumour Research is the only UK charity focused on finding a cure for brain tumours through sustainable research at dedicated centres, and Wear A Hat Day has raised more than £2 million to help fund the fight against the disease.
Chief executive Sue Farrington Smith MBE said the pandemic had hit charity funds hard, with £250,000 less than hoped being raised last year.
She said: "It's so touching to see people like the Pullans once again embracing Wear A Hat Day, one year on from the outbreak of Covid-19 in the UK.
"We thank them not only for their support but for all they've done for their community working on the frontline during the pandemic."
To register to take part in Wear A Hat day visit www.wearahatday.org