Portuguese responsible for cleaning hospitals honoured by Queen Elizabeth II
The Portuguese Maciel Vinagre thought it was a lie or a mistake when he read the notification that he had been distinguished by Queen Isabel II for his work as the person responsible for cleaning two British public hospitals during the covid-19 pandemic
“I was in the office and I received an email from the‘ Cabinet Office ’[government ministry] saying that I had been distinguished on the Queen’s list. At first I thought it was a lie, it can only be a mistake. My colleagues told me to delete it because it could be fraud, ”he told the Lusa agency, between laughs.
The 45 year old Madeiran, born in São Vicente, was one of the workers of the British public health service (NHS) recognized in this year’s list of decorations for the Queen’s birthday for services rendered during the pandemic with the British Empire Medal (“British Empire Medal ”, designated by the title BEM).
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