Miss England 2019, Bhasha Mukherjee, temporarily hung up her crown to return to her job as a junior doctor to help colleagues fight coronavirus.
Speaking on her return to work as a doctor, she said she felt ‘anxious’ about it, but now feels ‘privileged’ to be able to help.
Mukherjee had been touring the world to complete humanitarian work as part of her role as Miss England, but her trip was cut short so that she cold return to her job at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincolnshire, in April.
Kolkata-born Mukherjee said:
“Just the other day I met a patient in the middle of the night and she was in so much pain you could feel how much she was hurting just by looking at her.
“I held her hand just to let her know that I was there and to reassure her that she was going to be ok.
“It’s such a privilege to be able to do that, to be there in someone’s time of need.
“The patients are very thankful and grateful to us and my fellow staff members have commended me because I had the choice to not come back but I did.
“Technically I had until August off-work to complete my trip, so I probably would’ve put myself at a lot less risk if I had waited until then.
“But I came back in April instead when it was the peak of the pandemic.
“I know that I’m in the right place.
“At the minute I would rather be saving lives than be on the red carpet being Miss England because I can see how much I’m needed.
“It’s very humbling for me to feel that I can do something as simple as hold someone’s hand or caress their forehead when they are in pain.
“It just makes you realise that we take life for granted and it puts everything in perspective.”