NORTH West Ambulance Service has unveiled three new vehicles in honour of staff who died from coronavirus.

Phil Rennie, a patient transport service care assistant based in Oldham, and Stuart Monk, a paramedic based in Wigan both died last summer.

Peter Millington, a paramedic who worked in Wigan died in March this year.

As a lasting tribute to their memory, two emergency ambulances and a patient transport ambulance have been inscribed with their names along with 'Forever in our hearts."

The vehicles will be operational and helping those within the same communities each of the men previously served for many years.

The patient transport ambulance will be travelling around the roads of Oldham and the two emergency ambulances will be out on the roads of Wigan.

Steve Hynes, who organised the memorial on the vehicles, said: "Stuart, Phil and Peter will be remembered for caring for those at their most vulnerable and in need. While they are sadly no longer with us, our memories of these three outstanding colleagues will remain.

"This is why we wanted to do something that gives their friends and colleagues a way to remember them but also to give others within the communities they served a chance to find out who they are by dedicating these vehicles to each of them.

"This is our small way of us saying thank you to their professionalism, dedication and service."

The family of Peter Millington said: "We are so overwhelmed and grateful for this amazing gesture from the North West Ambulance Service.

"We are very proud of our Dad and everything he achieved during the 34 years he worked for the NHS. The ambulance is an incredible tribute to the time he served as a paramedic and all the hard work he contributed to the service.

"We will forever be thankful for the acknowledgement of his dedication to the NHS and I know he would be incredibly proud to have an ambulance named after him and to know that he is still able to help people."