Rita Ora praises ‘brave’ mum for returning to NHS amid coronavirus

Rita Ora has hailed her mother a ‘superhero’ for returning to work with the NHS amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Anywhere singer’s mum, Vera Ora, is a former GP and qualified psychiatrist who worked with mental health patients but had retired years ago. 

Vera has now made the brave decision to sign up as an NHS volunteer to help in the A&E department as hospitals around the UK become increasingly overwhelmed with the outbreak.

Praising her mother’s return to the frontlines, Rita told Hello! Magazine: ‘My mother has always been my hero, but this pandemic has honestly made her a superhero in my eyes.

‘She is so brave and has been through so much on her own, yet her generosity to help others just cements what I know my mother is capable of.’ 

The pop star added: ‘I’m so happy the rest of the world has now got to see it too. All the NHS doctors and nurses are my heroes.’ 


Vera, 55, admitted: ‘I love my job and want to do my best. 

‘It’s my role and duty to help others. Nothing will stop me unless I’m not well enough to do it.

‘These are challenging times and I’ve never before had to provide more compassion and support to other colleagues. I’ve witnessed heroism by all NHS staff, from doctors and nurses to porters and cleaners in busy, stressful and risky environments.’ 

Last week, Vera spoke to TV personality Vas J Morgan about her return to the NHS and explained what it was like for her moving to the UK from her native Albania and starting work with the health service. 

‘It was difficult because I couldn’t speak the language but it gave me my self-confidence back,’ she explained. 

‘I was a professional woman being a mother and I think that complimented me as a person. So I was pretty happy to achieve that. It is possible to achieve things with a bit of work.’ 

On Thursday, Rita, 29, joined in with the rest of the country to Clap For Carers as a gesture of appreciation for the nurses and doctors putting their lives at risk to help others during the Covid-19 crisis. 

Seven healthcare professionals have died from coronavirus while the UK death toll from Covid-19 is approaching 5,000.

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