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A mental health nurse who had dedicated almost 30 years to working for the NHS after moving to England from Tanzania has died after contracting Covid-19.
Wilbald Tesha, known to his colleagues and friends as Tesha, was a mental health nurse for the Department of Psychiatry at Eastbourne District General Hospital in Sussex.
“I have heard many, many wonderful things about Tesha about what a kind, caring and compassionate nurse he was”
He has been described by colleagues as a “kind, caring and compassionate” nurse and “someone who would do anything to help another”.
Mr Tesha, who grew up in a small village in Tanzania, at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, died last week after contracting Covid-19.
Before his death he had been in the process of developing a new scheme to support children and families from his home village of Shimbwe.
An online fundraising page has now been launched to raise £5,000 to create a legacy project which will build on his work for children in the village in his memory.
Some of the money may also be used to support Mr Tesha’s seven-year-old son, according to the fundraising page, which at the time of writing had raised more than £2,700.
Colleagues of Mr Tesha have said he will be remembered for making a significant contribution to the NHS, local services and for supporting his community in Tanzania.
Sam Allen, chief executive of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which employed Mr Tesha, said: “My thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues in Eastbourne at this incredibly difficult time.
“I have heard many, many wonderful things about Tesha about what a kind, caring and compassionate nurse he was – a good friend to many and someone who would do anything to help another.”
Ms Allen said he would be “dearly missed” and that the trust would “do all we can to support his family, friends and colleagues” in the coming days and weeks ahead.
“Tesha was a valued member of our team who worked within the NHS for almost 30 years,” she added.
“I do not underestimate the impact of his loss across the teams in East Sussex, particularly all who worked with him in Eastbourne and on the many patients Tesha will have come to know over his many years in the service.”
Colleagues of Mr Tesha can share their condolences, a memory or best wishes with Mr Tesha’s family via email at [email protected]
To commemorate the nursing staff who have lost their lives during the pandemic, Nursing Times has created a dedicated memorial page.