Valentine Competition - Winner
Last month we asked our clients if someone they loved deserved a Valentines treat - a luxury Wellness hamper! We had a brilliant response and it was such a tough decision, we received some really heart warming entries, we couldn’t just choose one entry! So, the winners of our Valentine competition are below!
Cassie Saunders nominated by her manager Donna Hart
I wanted to nominate one of my team Cassie Saunders for your competition. She is a paralegal in our children and domestic abuse team and is amazing. We nominated her for an award this year through the Law Society but unfortunately those were postponed due to COVID.
Sadly, just over a year ago her mum passed away from cancer. Cassie did an amazing job in caring for her, still coming to work and looking after her young family. This year we started off in lockdown where she home schooled two young children and continued to come in/work from home at various hours and help support our clients going through terrible times. Sadly, this year her father has also been diagnosed with terminal cancer. She is currently looking after him and again managing her young family and still working. We have encouraged her to take time off, but she wishes to balance caring for her family with her client’s needs. Her caring and empathy towards so many has been amazing at what has been an already difficult time.
We are so proud of her and grateful to her for coping so well despite a hugely stressful time in her life and continuing to put others above herself.
Katalin Vinter nominated by her partner Rob Lacey
Katalin is Hungarian and has lived in the UK for 12 years now and for the last 9 years has worked tirelessly in a residential home for residents with a range of mental health conditions, and she never once took a day off sick during this time! For all of last year she was there for 20 residents to help guide them through all of the restrictions and stresses the pandemic threw at them. Although she has always been dedicated to this role and her residents love her, she was always worried that being from a foreign country may hinder any alternative career prospects, but has recently proved this not to be the case, by landing a new apprenticeship role for the British Government, which has given her confidence a real boost.
In addition to this, Katalin has helped me look after my 4 children (ages 10, 10, 17 and 20, as well as myself), helping them with their home-schooling, cooking for them, cleaning up after them (a massive job in itself), offering them huge amounts of support and advice without ever moaning, or asking for anything in return.
Finally, due to Covid-19 Katalin has been unable to return to Hungary to see her parents for coming up to a year now, whereas she would normally take a trip home 4-5 times a year. This has given her the blues, and I think winning a hamper would be a lovely and well-deserved lift for her.