‘Amazing’ mum-of-three who left nursing to help refugees dies of Covid

Sarah Cooper, 42, tirelessly dedicated her life to others – first as a psychiatric nurse and then at a refugee charity – but has sadly died from Covid-19

An “amazing” mum-of-three who worked as an NHS nurse before dedicating her life to helping refugees has died of Covid-19

An “amazing” mum-of-three who worked as an NHS nurse before dedicating her life to helping refugees has died of Covid-19.

Sarah Cooper, 42, tirelessly worked to help others, and after leaving her job as a community psychiatric nurse began helping people at the Wolverhampton Refugee and Migrant Centre.

She was hailed as an “amazing, kind, caring person” by one devastated colleague after she died in Walsall Manor Hospital on December 5.

Originally from Derby, Sarah moved to Willenhall, West Midlands, Sarah also became enowned on the Midlands music scene as Lady Coopz, attending gigs and DJing at events across the Midlands.

Sarah’s family and colleagues have paid tribute to her, with the father of Sarah’s twins Peter Winson saying: “It is hard to put into one sentence what an amazing and caring woman she was in one sentence, she always thought of others before herself.”

Sarah Cooper, 42, tirelessly worked to help others

Her daughter Laila added: “She was an incredible woman. Loving, friendly, kind. She would go to the ends of the earth to help others and spent her working life as a psychiatrist nurse for the NHS.

“As said by almost everyone who ever met her, she was the type of person you’d never forget due to the extent of her kindness. The type of woman I aspire to be.”

Staff at the Refugee and Migrant Centre are distraught at the loss of their colleague.

Sarah’s family and colleagues have paid tribute to her

The centre’s health and wellbeing manager, Mandy Mackereth, said: “Sarah was my ‘go to’ person – I do not want to imagine life in this office without her. She was just special.

“You could talk to her about anything and I’ve shared things with her I’ve never been able to tell anyone else. She has helped me so much.

“She was so caring – caring was not something she did, it was an essential part of who she was, Sarah was an amazing soul, full of joy – her aura lit the room up!”

Another colleague said: “What an amazing, kind, caring person she was. She was loved by the staff and service-users alike. She was completely professional, but 100 per cent warm and human at the same time.

“She had an instinct for when things were not quite right with someone, and she made it her business to go out of her way to help that person, but always with great sensitivity, and without prying. I’m sure that’s part of what made her such a wonderful nurse; caring about other people was part and parcel of her nature. It wasn’t what she did, it was who she was.”

Another remembered her by saying: “Sarah was the sort who struggled to leave her work behind at the end of the day – she cared deeply about the vulnerable people she was helping so much at the Refugee and Migrant Centre.

“If someone was homeless, she would be worrying about them at night, or if a person was facing multiple issues Sarah would champion for them in every area, even when it was not required by her role. At the same time she was always professional with great attention to detail, a real credit to her nursing profession.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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