BORO fan Dicky Peacock wouldn’t have missed his beloved team’s big day out in the cup final for any reason – just like he wouldn’t miss his big day in the operating theatre.
Dicky, who has been a porter at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust for more than 30 years, has watched Middlesbrough Football Club in several cup finals – including their League Cup win in Cardiff in 2004.
He is also a keen follower of Stockton Town and watched them in their cup final defeat two years ago.
The 64-year-old from Roseworth also had successful surgery for bladder cancer at the start of the year – so he knows the importance of attending appointments and surgery dates in light of measures in place due to COVID-19.
The Trust is urging anyone who has a hospital date booked in to do everything they can to ensure they attend.
Dicky said: “I have been to so many big occasions involving the Boro – whether it was the big Wembley finals in the 90s under Bryan Robson, the UEFA Cup final in Eindhoven or our League Cup win at the Millennium Stadium in Wales – I wouldn’t have wanted to miss them!
“These are events you remember for the rest of your life. I’ll never forget celebrating the cup win with the family long into the evening.
“And when it comes to your health nothing is more important – I wouldn’t have done anything to miss my surgery date or a hospital appointment.”
Dicky, who has recently returned to work following his illness, is due to attend an appointment next month at the University Hospital of North Tees – he will have to self-isolate for three days before.
He added: “I know the importance of following the guidance before coming into hospital.
“Any delays can have an effect on my health and mean a wasted appointment another patient could have benefitted from.
“I urge everyone who is due to have surgery or attend an appointment to follow the measures in place.”