Thanks a Bunch Mandy!
This week’s Thanks a Bunch goes to Mandy Kerrigan, Rehabilitation Assistant on the inpatient unit for the Community Neurological Rehabilitation Service (CNRS). She was nominated by Lesley Bennett and Suzanne Henshall for her compassion and generosity towards her colleagues.
Mandy, who will have been working on the unit for 35 years in January, has been bringing in food, snacks, and drinks for all the staff within the service to enjoy since lockdown first started, including chocolate bars, biscuits, crisps, cakes, and hot and cold beverages. She has even left sandwich items in the fridge and ice creams in the freezer - always with a positive message of support on the fridge for colleagues. Mandy’s kindness and generosity has helped her colleagues to stay positive during challenging times and her team wanted to let her know how much her gesture is appreciated.
Suzanne said, “Many a time, I have not had time for lunch or forgotten to bring my own food in, as I was rushing. The 'staff snacks' laid out in the staff room have often helped me get through the working day. I would LOVE everyone here, to know what a kind-hearted soul she is, and how she has the wellbeing of her colleagues at the forefront of her mind each day. Thank you, Mandy.”
Lesley added, “She has made work a much nicer place to be, especially in these difficult times. Her kindness and consideration of others has been truly immense!”
Thea Stein, Chief Executive, surprised Mandy whilst on shift at the CNRS unit based at St Mary’s Hospital, Armley, she said: “I just wanted to reflect back to you, what your team has told me about you. Thank you for always being so positive and energetic in your efforts to improve staff morale. It’s clear you’ve nurtured your team at what is, and what will continue to be, a very tough time. I am truly grateful to you and it’s my pleasure to be here to award you a Thanks a Bunch.”
Mandy said: “I love this team and I see how hard people work, so I wanted to do my bit. I enjoy doing it, I know I don’t have to, but I want to. Providing refreshments is only a part of it really, I wanted to create a safe and welcoming space for people at what has been a very stressful time. I think that’s what it’s about for me. I’m overwhelmed that the team has done this – what a great start to my week!”
Mandy is acknowledged for the Trust behaviours of: Leading by example, Caring for one another, Adapting to change and delivering improvements, Working together