1. What is your job title and where do you work?
I am a bank recruitment assistant, working in the Staff Bank. I have been working for the Trust for just over a year and enjoy my job. I am lucky to work within a brilliant and supportive team, we recruit and manage nurses, healthcare assistants and admin staff on the bank, working in partnership with NHS Professionals.
2. What says ‘Christmas’ to you?
For more than half my life I lived in New Zealand, Christmas is quite different there… Of course there is the exchange of gifts and a day or two of over indulgence, but this often takes place in the back garden, or a national park, or on the beach. There isn’t much point decorating the house with lights as it doesn’t get dark until late! Even after 20 Christmases in North Devon I still long for the warmth and light of a Kiwi Christmas, but if this isn’t possible then some really good warm mince pies with Devon clotted cream is an okay second best!
3. Top tip for a great Christmas?
Every year seems to pass by at lightning speed and before we know it, Christmas rolls around again. Traditionally this is a special time to catch up with family, but family isn’t just for Christmas. It is so important to have regular quality contact with family all year round, it takes some of the pressure off at Christmas too. On a separate note, I plan to be a little bit more environmentally friendly this year, buying local, reducing plastic, that kind of thing.
4. Is there anything that happened in 2019 that you feel thankful for, or anyone you’d like to thank?
A highlight of 2019 was completing Mission:Unbreakable for the North Devon Hospice. Together with medical staffing, eroster and HR we formed a team of eight named the Knockout Ninjas. On a cold wet day in October we bravely ran 10k and tackled 40 obstacles including monkey bars, being immersed in a stream, climbing high ropes, jumping over burning coals and then clambering into a skip filled with icy water! It was a real challenge and I am proud to have taken part with my wonderful colleagues, raising more than £700 in the process.
5. Have you got a goal for 2020?
I’m hoping next year will be full of fun exploits, good food and great company, but the highlight will be spending Christmas 2020 with my family in Christchurch, New Zealand. It will be the first time we have all been together in my home country for 20 years, I’m hoping for some sunshine too!