This week we have two rounds of recognition for Wickersley Schools Alumni who are supporting us as a community and people throughout the country as keyworkers on the front line, fighting this pandemic.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our article so far, check back on Friday for our next installment!
If you missed out on last week’s keyworkers take a look at the article here.
Laura Mancini and her family are helping out in our community in lots of different ways.
“I (Laura) left in 2004, since leaving Wickersley I have done several retail and secretarial jobs but after caring for my mum from a young age I was drawn back into care and now have my BTEC Diploma, level 3 in Health and Social care and am a Care Giver for a domiciliary care company in Rotherham supporting the elderly in all areas of Rotherham.
Sarah Sims, she left in 1993 and has worked her way up to managing a nursery in Rawmarsh after managing various other nurseries in Rotherham and Sheffield including a forestry nursery in Sheffield.
Chris Sims, he left 1998, he has done many jobs including for a short period of time coaching the under 16’s for Doncaster Rovers but has settled now into becoming a bus driver for Arriva in Loughborough.”
“I’m a community nurse working in Barnsley, I left Wickersley in 2003. We deliver care in people’s home ranging from wound care, medication, hospital avoidance and end of life care.
I’ve been qualified for nearly 7 years but been in the NHS for 11 years (I started as a health care support worker).
I speak openly and honestly about mental health struggles and advocate that it’s OK not to be OK. This is based on my own experiences of dealing with anxiety and depression, made worse by the death of my own daughter. However, I am here to tell the tale and even though I may have some bad days from time to time I have some amazing family and friends who support me.
I recently took part in raising money for charity by doing a skydive and planned on doing the Yorkshire three peaks.
I absolutely love my job and although it has its hard times I wouldn’t change it for the world!“
“My name is Laura Smith (nee Dobbs) and I attended Wickersley Comp 1991-1996.
I am now a Sister in Rotherham Hospital A&E Department. I’m currently working at the very frontline of the Coronavirus pandemic, on a daily basis meeting, treating and helping those suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
The patients I meet are scared, and it is my job and the rest of the team to support them and reassure them. As staff we are afraid too, afraid we may catch the virus, afraid we may bring it home to our families.
My whole working day has completely changed, uniforms need to be bagged and washed separately, we are expected to carry out our daily duties in full PPE which in truth is hot, uncomfortable and very difficult.
I recently tested positive for COVID-19 and the guilt I felt at bringing this virus to my family was overwhelming. I’m pleased to say after a tough few weeks I’m now recovered and back at work.
The job I do is amazing, happy, sad, difficult. It’s emotionally and physically draining but also incredibly rewarding. I couldn’t get through the day without the amazing team that is UECC and I would like to thank each and every colleague.
We are a great team who I affectionately refer to as ‘my work family’ and couldn’t get through the 12-hour shifts without them!”
“I used to attend Wickersley Comprehensive and left in July 2000 after doing my GCSE’s. I embarked on my nurse training in 2003 and qualified to work at Sheffield teaching hospitals where I worked until 2015 before leaving to work at Rotherham hospital! I am usually a busy specialist nurse but at present am back on the frontline to help with the pandemic!”