Watch: Much respected former Telford headteacher featured in BBC's Ambulance

By Lisa O'Brien | Wellington | News | Published:

A former headteacher who worked at schools in Telford and died earlier this year has appeared on BBC One’s Bafta award-winning documentary Ambulance.

David Bowyer on Ambulance

The documentary series follows West Midlands Ambulance Service and won best factual series during Sunday’s Baftas ceremony.

David Bowyer, a former headteacher at the old Orleton Park School in Wellington and deputy headteacher at Hadley Learning Community, was featured in the episode which aired last night.

Last year Mr Bowyer, of Apley, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease and he died in March, aged 64. In last night’s show, paramedics were dispatched when Mr Bowyer’s wife reported that he was choking on his food.

The choking had stopped by the time the crew arrived, but they learned there was a more serious illness behind the difficulty in eating and he had only recently been diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

Watch excerpt from Ambulance:

Ambulance : Series 3 Episode 4 : Contains some upsetting scenes.

His son, Steve Bowyer, said: “It really is lovely, the way they have done it.

“It’s testament to them that they’ve won a Bafta for the series itself.


“It was in the morning, mum had called an ambulance because part of the motor neurone disease meant that he couldn’t swallow.“

This was back in January so mum called an ambulance, he was choking on Ready Brek. The ambulance gets there, he’s his usual jovial self and ultimately he ends up going to hospital to be seen.

“Ambulance generally is a fantastic day-in-the-life of an ambulance crew. Right throughout his treatment we had to call a number of ambulances over the months,” Steve added.


“They are absolutely fantastic what they do.”

He said his father had “lived to teach” and was also a passionate supporter of Hope House Children’s Hospice.

David Bowyer used to take on the Wrekin Challenge each year and raised more than £100,000 for Hope House.

His past students are now planning to hold a Wrekin Challenge in his honour, a run or walk up and down The Wrekin on July 7, starting from Wellington’s Bowring Park.

It will raise money for Hope House and donations can be made at

Lisa O'Brien

By Lisa O'Brien
Senior Reporter - @lisaobrien_Star

Senior reporter based at Shropshire Star's head office in Ketley. Covering the Telford area.


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