A former soldier and RAF responder has signed up to work for a London-based home care provider after his flight back to his home in the Canary Islands was cancelled.
When Spain went into lockdown on March 14, Steve Tibbs found himself unable to return after visiting the UK for a friend’s wedding.
As a Spanish resident, he could have boarded a repatriation flight, but decided to support the UK care industry through the coronavirus pandemic by joining Better Healthcare (BHC).
“I thought rather than go back to a lockdown I may be of some use here in England when the inevitable worsening conditions came,” he said.
“I’ve been staying with my daughter, a home carer, since mid-March. When I was looking for something to do to help, she put me in touch with Better Healthcare.”
Tibbs started his career as a fitness consultant in 1985 and planned exercise programmes for people referred by their GPs to treat conditions such as diabetes, depression and obesity.
In 1991, he joined the Royal Auxiliary Air Force at RAF Marham and became a soldier at 2620 squadron. He later trained as a medic and passed his Basic Emergency Medical Technician course.
In 2010, he joined Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue, were he was a team leader, flood responder, Community First Responder and mountain bike search and rescue instructor.
Then, in 2017 he emigrated to Fuerteventura, where he works as a personal trainer and dance teacher.
Tibbs said: “I don’t know how long I’ll be here. I plan to stay here for this crisis, but will return to my beautiful island in paradise when I can.”