I loved the years I spent working as a nurse in The NHS. It taught me valuable lessons and life skills. Pain fear and illness are such levellers. It doesn’t matter who we are or where we come from, our response to them is the same, and we all reach out for comfort.
I was 18 when I began my training at University College Hospital in London, and by the time I was 21 I was a senior staff nurse regularly in charge of a 30 bedded ward. I was responsible for the lives of 30 patients, offering support to anxious relatives, organising a team of staff, reporting to doctors and occasionally dealing with temperamental consultants!
Coming into contact with the realities of life limiting illness and death on a daily basis taught me to really appreciate good health and life. I’ll always remember caring for a terminally ill 30 year old man who’d been a deep sea diver, working off the oil rigs in the North Sea. His stomach was ravaged with the scars of numerous operations and as we chatted as I changed the bag if IV fluid he suddenly took my arm and simply said “never forget to make the most of everyday” I never saw him again, and I don’t remember his name, but his words have stayed with me for the last 30 years.
My work in the NHS is the reason for the founding of “Giving Back”. Working in an outpatient clinic one day I met a lovely couple. The delightful lady had defied cancer and was recovering from the effects of chemotherapy. The joy and gratitude her husband felt on having his wife survive cancer was evident but when on my own with her she told me how she had lost confidence in the way she looked and wondered how her husband could still find her attractive. I felt then how much she needed a boost to her confidence and Giving Back exists because of her.
I and other business owners, donate our time to giving someone a styling session or makeup makeover to someone who might not be in a position to consider the experience. It’s our way of giving something back.
It is great to get everyone involved, and we ask all our clients to spread the word and to get in touch should they have someone they would like to nominate.
The only criterion required is that your nominee has been through a particularly difficult time and deserves some much needed pampering. They might have had treatment for cancer, major surgery, suffered severe financial hardship or a tragic circumstance, or they might be a carer, Britain’s unsung heroes.
If you know of someone who needs a boost to her confidence and will feel the difference a small group of professionals could make to her life, we would like to hear from you.
All you need do is provide your name and telephone number and a brief description of the reasons for your nomination. If your nominee is chosen we will contact you and start to organise the experience.
Please Email or complete the form on the Contact Us page. I look forward to hearing from you.