Last year there were some unbelievable nominations. The quality made it so difficult for our judges to come up with a shortlist.
The story of Andrea Godber, Branch Manager at Hinton Woodland Burial Ground, nominated in the Show You Care Award category, really stood out for me.
Andrea supported a young mother with the funeral of her stillborn baby. She obviously did all she could to make the funeral incredibly personal, but also provided a level of emotional support that went beyond her duties.
The mother was really struggling emotionally and as an ex-midwife Andrea also recognised worrying physical symptoms so encouraged her to return to hospital for tests.
It was eventually found that she had cancer of the placenta. Andrea has been a vital part of the mother’s recovery and her support has been invaluable.The mother cannot believe the lengths that were gone to support her, not only as a funeral director, but as a professional and critical friend at a great time of need.
It’s stories like this that should make us all proud we work with such amazing colleagues.
Make sure you give lots of information about the person or team
Remember to give as much information as you can about the person and what they’ve achieved or why they’re so special. Here’s a handy checklist for you:
Achievement – what did the person or team do to inspire you to nominate them for an award?
Who – who did this help or benefit?
Action – what changes did they make that had an impact?
Results – what happened? What was the outcome?
Dates – when did this happen?
Superstar – what does this person or team, and their help/support/hard work, mean to you?
Thank you to those of you who’ve nominated so far. We’ve had an incredible 920 nominations which smashes the number we received this time last year.
Keep nominating at coop.co.uk/thankyou.
Colleague Recognition Programme Lead