Thank You Front Line Workers!
To say thank you to all our front line workers and the amazing work they’ve been doing, we decided to give away five boxes of knickers each week to nominated heroes.
These are all our winners over the last five weeks.
'Hazel is a Consultant Geriatrician in Glasgow. She deserves this as such a good egg. She has picked up me and many friends when we’ve wobbled about our challenging work load and fears for our patients. Her mum has made her leopard print scrubs which cheer both colleagues and elderly patients. Glasgow is lucky to have her!'
Nominated by friend, Rachel
'My lovely mum has been going to work to teach all of the vulnerable children and children of key workers. She has been ensuring the children have a happy and warm environment to come into every morning which is especially important for those who come from difficult backgrounds and has been finding new ways to ensure the lessons are fun and informative.
Not only that but she has been making up food parcels for all of the vulnerable people in my family and in our neighbourhood and also creating treat packs for her fellow colleagues to make them smile and help them get through the difficult days at work.
She has been keeping in touch with all of the children who cannot be in school at the moment with online education platforms and phoning the parents in need of support and helping them how she can.
She has been constantly thinking of everyone else even whilst continuing to go to work herself. My mums caring nature is shining through even stronger during these times and I think she really deserves for someone to treat her back to say thank you for all of the wonderful things she has been doing for others.
I love her so much and would love others too see how incredible she is too. This photo is of her with one of the signs she created to share with the children on her school online platform.'
Nominated by daughter, Hannah
'Clemmie works in a central London hospital as a research haematology nurse. In the past six weeks her life has turned upside down! She's working in ICU, using equipment she's never used before and has had to move out of her home away from her husband and mum as they both suffer from asthma. She's missed her 2nd wedding anniversary and is about to spend her birthday alone in a hotel so this would mean a lot to her!!'
Nominated by friend, Amanda
'Sophie is working on an ITU, she was meant to rotate, but has stayed as a respiratory physio to help directly with Covid-19 patients. She's had to spend her birthday isolating from her boyfriend and family, and still sends thoughtful packages to her friends despite her hectic and stressful job.'
Nominated by friend, Ellie
'Sarah is an A&E sister working in Ipswich Hospital in Suffolk. She is my ED NHS nurse hero who has been working non stop trying to save lives!'
Nominated by Friend, Kat
'Sylvia is in her first year working in a hospital full time as a F1 Doctor. She has had to move out of her house as she lived with her parents and her dad has been classed as someone more at risk from the virus. She is now living in a hotel in Waterloo on her own for the foreseeable future. She likes to put on a brave face but I know it is really lonely and isolating for her (and very hard to do laundry!!).'
Nominated by friend, Lauren
‘Jay is a nurse on Holmwood ward at East Surrey Hospital. All leave has been cancelled, we haven’t seen her for more than 2 weeks now. Her shifts are long, she’s struggling with the situation at work and if I know mum, she will be looking out for the younger nurses. Your grandchildren miss you!’
Nominated by daughter, Maud
‘Esmee is a nurse working in ITU in one of the big London hospitals. She is looking after very sick people, working 12 hours shifts, carrying out her job in extreme conditions. She's 72 miles away from us / her home, living in isolation and trying to look after herself, get shopping and travel across London to work. She is actually a paediatric nurse and she normally looks after little ones (under 14 years of age) who have had major (heart) surgery. She did her nursing degree in Brighton, qualified 4 years ago and is now based in ITU so deals with the most challenging of circumstances. Not only does she look after the children but often she's there to give the support to the parents at what is often the most difficult time in their lives. She deals with them in the most professional way, explaining what's happening and sometimes she taking that right though to helping them to listen to the most awful news a parent never wants to hear. She is also there at times when the little one goes home and makes a great recovery. Very often parents have written to her with the most wonderful note of thanks.... One parent described her as 'their shining light in what felt like their darkest hour.' She is very well thought of by patients and parents. She works day and night shifts and is doing a great job - in this current pandemic she has been moved across to look after Adults, which is where all the work is right now. We do our best to keep her spirits up via text, Facetime etc but we know this is going to go for a fair while so she won't be able to come home for weeks. She is doing a fantastic job!’
Nominated by mum, Maud
‘Chay is only 22, working as a student nurse for free and paying student fees and working on the frontline. I’m so proud of her.’
Nominated by mum, Lisa
‘Jennifer is an ambulance technician in Glasgow, out in an ambulance with paramedics every day responding to emergency calls. She has had to take a number of Covid patients to hospital and self isolate a few times now. Despite limited equipment and long hours she hasn’t complained once despite it being a stressful job. She lives in Glasgow while I’m in London (isolating at home) so there’s not much I can practically do for her, but this would be a lovely way to say thank you.’
Nominated by sister, Jennifer
‘Rhian has recently been transferred from her job working in a sexual health clinic, to be a front line junior doctor working in a&e at the West Middlesex hospital. They’re one of the worst hit with corona virus and almost two thirds of their doctors were off sick, yet she still jumped at the chance to help those in need. What’s worse is that on her second day there, she was already having to work without appropriate PPE because they were short stocked and the ones available didn’t fit! I know how scared she must be, but she’s just embraced the challenge and given herself to her job. I’m so proud of her and would love her to feel a little love.’
Nominated by Sister-in-law, Fae
‘Isla is a critical care nurse on the ward at Glasgow, based at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Not only does she provide an incredible quality of care to her patients, she does so with the most positive outlook I have ever experienced! Isla is an inspiration to everyone she meets!”
Nominated by friend, Lauren
‘Maggie had coronavirus three weeks ago and has gone back to work this week, working in the NHS on the front line in one of the new wards being created to cope with extra patients. Even while she was in bed recovering she was on her work emails supporting her team! Very proud to have her as my mum!’
Nominated by daughter, Fiona
‘Ellie is a medic on Glasgow’s front line. She’s bravely putting other’s safety above her own, whilst her dad’s seriously ill but she cannot visit him because the risk is too high. She’s the bravest, most humble person I know.’
Nominated by friend, Sophie
‘Pippa is an intensive care doctor in a big NHS hospital fighting this every day. She’s worked for NGOs overseas battling Ebola in Africa and also in providing medical help to local people in Syria during the fighting with ISIS and so she’s become an unofficial mascot for her team. She’s also been put in charge of the mental health initiative for staff for the entire hospital and she’s doing an amazing job.’
Nominated by sister, Alexandra
‘Zoe is an advanced care practitioner at the Royal London Hospital and is currently working in the intensive care unit looking after very poorly Covid 19 patients. Zoe is also in the territorial army and served for six months in Afghanistan as a medic. Zoe is such a caring giving girl and being the eldest of six children has always had a mothering instinct. Distancing rules do not allow Zoe to see her boyfriend so she is working more shifts to help as much as she can. Zoe always makes light of the importance of her role.’
Nominated by mum, Penny
‘Milly is a paediatric respiratory physio in London . She’s working long hours on the front line and all her flat mates have gone home to live with their families so she is alone when she gets home after a long shift.’
Nominated by Mum, Anita
'Sophie is the clinical lead for the London Ambulance Service as well as being a wife and mother to two small boys. As with all the NHS staff, she is working horrendous hours and trying to retain some normality fo her family. She also manages to be a great neighbour. She told me recently that she secured a donation from the Jelly Belly company of some boxes of Jelly Beans for all her staff. I would love for her to receive a treat for herself.'
Nominated by next door neighbour, Emma
‘Mollie is an Army Medic, been in the army over 6 years, she’s a fully qualified nurse and on the Army Elite Athlete Development squad for rowing (She won the Welsh National Championships and was 8th at the Worlds earlier this year). She works full time at Birmingham hospital, where she has been positioned for a while now. She’s kind, determined and a beautiful person inside and out. She’s so brave and achieved so much, despite overcoming a lot of hardship. I have no doubt she will be giving people the best care and attention possible in this time’
Nominated by cousin, Ella