Tributes paid to "selfless" nurse and former Wigan rugby player who died after testing positive for coronavirus

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Tributes have been paid to a "selfless" nurse and former Wigan rugby player who died after testing positive for coronavirus.

Tributes have been paid to a "selfless" nurse and former rugby player who died after testing positive for coronavirus.

Andy Collier, 53, a nurse practitioner at Hollins Park Hospital in Warrington, Cheshire, died on April 15, a spokesman for the North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said.

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He was admitted to the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan after becoming seriously ill on March 31 and died with his wife Carol by his bedside.

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Mr Collier, who ran The First and Last pub in Leigh with his wife, had previously played for Wigan and Leigh Centurions rugby league clubs.

His ward manager Rob Kelly said: "Andy was all about putting other people first - whether that was patients on the ward or his colleagues across the trust.

"He was very down to earth, fair and selfless. I will remember him as a team player and someone who was passionate about bringing people together on our team development days to improve our environment for staff and patients.

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"It's been lovely to hear the reaction of our patients who commented that he was always approachable and helped them however he could.

"The team has raised a few virtual glasses to Andy and we will miss him massively."

He was also a union representative for Unite and played golf at Leigh Golf Club.

Chief Executive at North West Boroughs Healthcare Simon Barber said: "I would like to express my gratitude to Andy for all he did for our patients and staff.

"It is clear he was a very dedicated and compassionate man. All our thoughts are with Andy's family at this time and we offer them our sincere condolences."

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