A NURSE who lost her husband to Covid-19 was treated to a hot air balloon ride to thank her for her work on the frontline.

Sammy Levy was left devastated in April after her husband, Pete, died of Covid-19 at Weston General Hospital.

The nurse, who works at Weston General and lives in Burnham-on-Sea, was nominated by a friend for a competition by Thatchers Cider to enjoy a balloon flight over Bristol.

Sammy said the hot air balloon ride was an ‘emotional’ experience for her and she felt her husband was with her during the trip.

“It has been a really difficult year for me this year as my husband, Pete, sadly died of Covid-19 on April 7,” Sammy said.

“I work at Weston General Hospital as a staff nurse so I knew the people who were looking after my husband and knew that he was getting the best care possible.

“It was difficult that I could not be there with him but a lot of people could not be there with their relatives.

“I was really touched that my friend nominated me for the Thatchers competition.

“I was really surprised when I found out that I would get to go in a hot air balloon.

“It was amazing seeing all the balloons in the sky.

“I am not a massive fan of heights and it is not something that I would ever have chosen to do.”

Sammy arrived for her hot balloon experience in Bristol at 5am on August 3 and flew over a number of landmarks including Bristol City Football Club, a club which her husband used to support.

“The hot air balloon ride was amazing, we had 360 degree views of Bristol and its surrounding areas.It was beautiful,” Sammy said.

“I was thinking about my husband the whole time and felt like he was there with me.

“It was such a special experience and it was a memory that I will never forget.”