1. What is your job title and where do you work?
My job title is outreach, resuscitation and end of life manager. I work throughout the Trust but I am based on level 5, North Devon District Hospital.
2. What says ‘Christmas’ to you?
Family, peace and tradition. I love that time we have to spend with our family and really connect with them. The world seems to stop rushing for just a few days. People are nicer.
I love all of our family traditions starting with midnight mass and then our children running in at 06:30 to jump on our bed! For those of you who know me this may surprise you as my children are now 23 and 21 so they really should be over this stage by now.
I will always open our door to any waifs and strays that have no family, much to the amusement of the rest of my family. We play games (not letting granny win), eat and drink too much and then manage one walk on the beach to allow the wind to blow the cobwebs out.
I strongly believe that people should, where possible, all have the two days off. I have been campaigning for some years for retail staff to have Boxing Day off so that they too can enjoy their time at Christmas. We can all live without having to go shopping the day after Christmas Day! Please if you agree sign the petition!
3. Top tip for a great Christmas?
Prepare and relax if things do not go the way you want them to! I generally make the Christmas cakes in October so that they get fed the right amount of alcohol! I make all the roast potatoes and roast parsnips in early December and freeze them. On the day I just bring them out of the freezer and put them into a very hot oven. (This was a tip I learnt from Chris Evans on the radio and works so well). I also make the gravy a few days before to really let it develop flavour. I love cooking but spending time with the family is much more important and thus any time-saving tips are welcome. If everything went wrong though a cheese sandwich will do as long as we are all together.
Once it is all over, another great tip. Wrap your Christmas tree in a duvet cover to take it out of the house. No needle drop! (or buy an artificial tree)
4. Is there anything that happened in 2019 that you feel thankful for, or anyone you’d like to thank?
Professionally – we have had some personal challenges in the team and I’m thankful that we all pulled together to get the work done. All of the team are brilliant and I could not do my job without them. They are the real stars. I am forever thankful for all of them, even those who have left the team but cannot leave the work What’s App group (you know who you are!)
Personally – Tim my husband (My absolute rock) , my family and my friends. Without their love, laughter and support I am nothing.
5. Have you got a goal for 2020?
Professionally – To develop outreach so that it covers 7 days a week. We will be having a trial in January of covering every weekend to see if we are needed so if you are reading this and need to bleep us, don’t forget it is bleep 007, weekends we will be here 08:30 – 15:00.
Personally – to laugh more. To take my family on more crazy adventures including an escape room over Christmas! I have this year managed to run a 10K in less than 60 minutes….. once! I would like to repeat that next year at least twice more.
I wish you all a peaceful Christmas and a happy New Year.