23 January 2017 - Local community thanks Altrincham ambulance staff The light and sparkle of Christmas might feel like a distant memory, but here’s a heart-warming story from staff in Altrincham... On Christmas Day, members of the Jewish community in Manchester popped in to Altrincham Ambulance and Fire station to give thanks and food gifts to those working. Described as ‘an absolute pleasure’, Dovid Lewis, Rabbi of South Manchester’s Synagogue, said: "It was a privilege for our family and community to be able to visit these angels and to show our appreciation for their tireless work. We gave each of them a lovely packet with home-made biscuits, as well as traditional Chanucah chocolate money and sweets. Attached to each goody bag was a thank-you card from the members of the South Manchester Synagogue.” Suzy Shaw, Senior Paramedic, commented: “It was an absolute pleasure to meet Rabbi Dovid Lewis and his family. Everyone who visited the station on Christmas Day expressed how sincerely grateful they were for the medical cover we provide over the festive period, and displayed their appreciation by presenting us with homemade cookies, sweets and snacks. We were really appreciative of such a thoughtful gesture, understanding that our visitors had taken time away from their own families to show their gratitude to the local emergency services.” The photo shows, from left to right: Rabbi Dovid Lewis, Tina McNab (EMT2 South Sector), Catherine Grimsditch (HDS South Sector), Suzy Shaw (Senior Paramedic), and Nachi (Rabbi Dovid’s wife), pictured with five children from the local Jewish community.