Northampton nurse and dad-of-three dies at 47 after "hard-fought battle" with Covid-19

Pals raise nearly £5,500 in less than 48 hours for "popular, caring" Craig

By Kevin Nicholls
Friday, 29th January 2021, 2:25 pm
Friends say Staff Nurse Craig Godsney, 47, died after a hard-fought battle with Covid-19. Photo: CNWL NHS
Friends say Staff Nurse Craig Godsney, 47, died after a hard-fought battle with Covid-19. Photo: CNWL NHS

An appeal set up to raise funds for the family of a Northampton nurse and dad-of-three who died last week has raised nearly £5,500 in less than 48 hours.

Craig Goldsney, 47, died in hospital after a battle with Covid-19 on 21 January, leaving his wife and three sons.

He was a registered mental health nurse within the healthcare department at HMP Woodhill, where he worked since December 2007.

Nurse Augustine Agyei-Mensah (left) and domestic supervisor Joanna Klenczon both worked in the health sector when they died last year

Colleagues at the Prison started the GoFundMe page on Thursday aiming to raise £3,500. But by Friday lunchtime the total was already beyond that.

The 'Woodhill Collective' wrote: "It is with great sadness that we are setting up this page in honour and memory of our dear friend and much respected colleague, Staff Nurse Craig Goldsney, who died in hospital after a hard-fought battle with Covid-19.

"Craig was an extremely popular member of the healthcare team with his colleagues and prison staff and he was well respected and liked by his patients. He will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him.

"We have started this page to raise funds to help his family at this difficult time. Please feel free to share this far and wide to get as much help for Becca and the boys, Jacob, Ben and Ethan as possible."

Woodhill is a men's Category A prison where medical services are managed by Central and North West London NHS Trust.

CNWL Chief Executive Claire Murdoch said: “This is terribly sad news for Craig’s family, friends and colleagues in Offender Care.

"He was a dedicated professional, and embodied the service motto of “caring, not judging.” This is so sad, but Craig will be remembered with honour and gratitude.”

You can find the GoFundMe page set up by the Woodhill Collective HERE.

Last year, domestic supervisor Joanna Klenczon, 34, died after testing positive for Covid-19 at Northampton General Hospital — where she had worked for ten years.

Augustine Agyei-Mensah, a nurse who worked with patients with learning disabilities for Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust died in May following treatment for Covid-19, leaving behind his wife and four children.