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One of the things I love most about working at Nuzest, is how we all look after each other. Like many of you, we have all been adjusting to life in lockdown and working from home. For some of us that means balancing work and homeschooling, for others it means navigating being apart from those we love, or riding this out at home alone.

We closed the door to the Nuzest office 3 weeks ago, but we’re more connected that ever – daily zoom calls to share how we are all feeling, checking in with each other on Whatsapp (even on weekends), offers of support, and just this week I received a little surprise in the post from one of the team who just wanted put a smile on my face. It worked.

In fact, this week has been one of the most memorable since I started working at Nuzest. In our last newsletter we shared that we wanted to do something to show our support for those on the frontline in the NHS, and we asked for your help to get some care bundles into the right hands.

I’ve been the person who has had the privilege of reading your emails as your nominations have rolled in. I’ve been blown away by both your kindness in wanting to recognise those you know who are doing an amazing job right now, but also the gratitude from those receiving a care package.

As I’ve read some of the stories that have been shared, what we can offer right now seems like an embarrassingly small gesture, and it doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of the appreciation we feel towards those who are risking their own health to take care of others.

I didn’t quite manage to hold in my emotion as I shared one story on our team call (with permission of course) – a nurse and a single mum of 3 small children, who because of the risk her incredibly difficult job poses right now, is living separately from her kids. Every morning before her shift starts, she stands at the end of the driveaway of the grandparents they are staying with and waves to them through the window. This same amazing human took time to send an email to say thank you for the tiny thing we have done, through sending her a care package. Just knowing someone cares, she said, has made a big difference.

I was also humbled by the selflessness of another nurse, who after being nominated to receive a care package, asked to have it sent to a colleague who she believed deserved it more. Of course, she will still be receiving one too.

These are challenging, strange and scary times. There is so much to be concerned about, but the kindness we’ve seen in our community is a reminder that we are all in this together, and that even the tiniest of gestures can go a long way.

Let’s keep looking after one another.

 


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