Pensioner who stole hearts of BBC Ambulance viewers dies after filming of show – Cambridgeshire Live – Cambridgeshire Live
A 103-year-old woman, who captured the hearts of viewers when she appeared on BBC show Ambulance, has sadly died.
Last week’s episode showed North West Ambulance paramedics being sent to help Winnie who was suffering from confusion and believed she was in a dungeon.
When paramedics Alex and Sam arrived on the scene, they soon realised that Winnie was quite the character.
Introducing himself, Alex said: “Hello I’m from the ambulance.”
To which Winnie replied: “I know, I don’t want to go in.”
Alex said: “We’ve not even got to that point yet.”
The crew were then told how over the past couple of weeks Winnie had become frailer, but recently she’d become worse.
After Winnie had calmed herself down, she proceeded to tell Alex and Sam that she used to work as a home helper.
She said: “I used to help people, now they help me.”
Asked what her secret to a long life was, Winnie said: “Smile and the world smiles with you. Weep and you weep alone.”
The paramedic crew rang for an out of hours doctor to come and assess Winnie, to which she said: “Keep me happy and keep me out of hospital,” the LiverpoolEcho reports.
“If I go in, I feel as though they are going to carry me out.”
However in sad news announced on Wednesday, the BBC said Winnie had died since the show’s broadcast on Thursday, July 4.
It said: “It is with sadness that we announce, since the broadcast of last Thursday night’s Ambulance, Winnie has peacefully passed away.”
The post was flooded with comments as people paid tribute to the remarkable woman.
One said: “Oh no. That’s so sad. RIP winnie. Beautiful soul.x”
Another wrote: “RIP what a beautiful lady.”