Bev Wernham – Thistle Court Nursing Home
Bev Wernham, a Kitchen Assistant at Thistle Court Nursing Home, an end stage dementia care facility in the rolling hills of Monmouthshire was another deserving winner of Bidfood’s Christmas Gift.
Bev originally took the job as a temporary position but, 23 years later, she’s worked most Christmases to make the day special for over 30 residents at Thistles Court. The judges saw Bev’s commitment during the festive time as a real act of selflessness, giving up time with her daughter and husband.
Speaking about the win, Bev said: “I was really surprised, I didn’t know anything about it until I was told about winning – I thought my boss was joking.
“For me, it’s great to be a part of that time of year for the residents. We’re normally up and in the kitchen by 7am but I love my job which makes it all worthwhile. Every year we have a party and a Christmas dinner for the residents and their families. Many of them are unable to get out anymore, but there’s no reason why the festivities can’t be brought to them.
“I have a daughter but she’s 24 and doesn’t need to be looked after so it’s nice to be needed and be able to help. That said, I am looking forward to having a second Christmas with my family.”