We want to thank Steve Tibbs for joining BHC to support the UK through the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this post, we want to introduce Steve Tibbs. Due to Spain’s lockdown on 14 March, Steve found himself unable to return to his home in the Canary Islands after visiting the UK for a friend’s wedding. Fortunately for us at Better Healthcare, he decided to remain here and find a way to support the care industry through the coronavirus pandemic.
Read on for Steve’s full story.
Most of my working career has been in fitness, I qualified as a fitness consultant in 1985, and soon trained to do GP referral work. This meant I was doing exercise programs for people referred to treat anything including obesity, arthritis, asthma, diabetes, post trauma rehabilitation, depression and smoking cessation.
Back in 1991, I joined the Royal Auxiliary Air Force at RAF Marham and became a soldier at 2620 squadron. As my civil job was in fitness, I was able to take the Army Physical Training Instructor Course at Bul ford, and I qualified to wear crossed swords. In the RAF, I also trained as a medic and passed my BEMT (Basic Emergency Medical Technician) course.
By 2010, I had been out of the RAF for six years and needed some excitement, so I joined the Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue, were I was a team leader, DEFRA flood responder, Community First Responder and mountain bike search and rescue instructor.
Three years ago, I decided to emigrate to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands. I now live in a lovely resort town in the north of the island called Corralejo. I work in a restaurant doing public relations, I also set up as a personal trainer, and 6 months ago I went into business with my dance teacher and we do dance and fitness holidays.
Well that all suddenly changed on Friday 13 March, I flew to London for a friend’s wedding, on 14 March Spain went to lockdown, so my return flight was cancelled. I could have got a repatriation flight as I am a Spanish resident, but I thought rather than go back to a lockdown I may be of some use here in England when the inevitable worsening conditions came.
I’ve been staying with my daughter, a home carer, since mid-March. When I was looking for something to do to help, she put me in touch with Better Healthcare.
I don’t know how long I’ll be here; I plan to stay here for this crisis but will return to my beautiful island in paradise when I can.
Thank you, Steve, for your hard work and being willing to support the UK through this health crisis. At Better Healthcare, we truly appreciate and value your help.