Worksop: Rose for quick thinking shop staff

Margaret Jones presents the Guardian Rose to WH Smith staff Jess Holland and Sandi Thompson who helped Margaret after she became faint while in the Worksop store w131011-1a
Margaret Jones presents the Guardian Rose to WH Smith staff Jess Holland and Sandi Thompson who helped Margaret after she became faint while in the Worksop store w131011-1a
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When donor Margaret Jones felt faint after giving blood she found her guardian angels in the book aisles of W H Smith.

Just minutes before, Margaret had been to give blood at her regular donation centre The Crossing, on Newcastle Avenue in Worksop.

“I have been giving blood for about 20 years and have never had a problem before,” said Margaret, 62, of Kilton Road, Worksop.

“I had eaten and had plenty of fluids. And I had a drink and a biscuit afterwards. So I went off round the shops like I normally do.”

Then as she queued to buy some shopping at W H Smith in the Priory Shopping Centre, she began to feel unwell.

“I felt hot and cold and thought I was going to faint,” said Margaret, a retired Greencore worker.

Straight away, sales assistant Jess Holland noticed that Margaret didn’t look well and sat her down.

“She was ever so pale - white as a sheet. I sat her down in the corner and got her some water and a bit of chocolate,” said Jess.

Deputy manager Sandi Thompson called over the first aid trained Priory Centre security guards to check Margaret over.

Said Sandi: “It was just common sense really, we wanted to check she was okay. We weren’t expecting anything like a Guardian Rose.”

But Margaret said: “I’m just so grateful to them both for being so brilliant. I don’t know what I would have done if they weren’t there.”