OVERWHELMED Beverley Playfor can’t believe she is in the running for an award.
But the receptionist at the Wells Avenue base of Hartlepool and District Hospice admits it would be “an honour and a privilege” to win a trophy in the Hartlepool Mail Best of Health competition.
Beverley is shortlisted in the receptionist of the year category for the contest which reaches its climax at a glittering awards evening early next month.
“I am honoured that someone took the time to put me forward,” said Beverly who has worked at the hospice for five years, first as a volunteer and then taken on part-time.
The former Lynnfield Primary School teaching assistant admitted: “I loved it when I started a the hospice. That’s not a cliche, I just loved coming to work.
“People might perceive the hospice in a certain way but it is a lovely environment to work in. I meet different people every day and it is nice that I can build up a rapport with someone.”
The person who nominated her said: “Bev is sometimes the first person relatives meet when entering the hospice.
“She is always smiling and very helpful to all she meets. Patients and relatives alike say how welcoming she is and how relaxed she makes people feel.
“Her enjoyment of her job shows in the compassion she has for anyone she meets through her job. She deserves to be recognised.”
Beverley admitted: “It can be an emotional job and you do learn to leave your work at the door when you go home.
“I get to know people and their families and it is very sad if they pass away or if you don’t see them any more.
“It can be an emotionally draining job but it can be very emotionally rewarding as well.”
Beverley said she would be “over the moon” if she won a title, but it would be for everyone at the hospice and not just for herself.
Beverley’s story is one example of the standard of entries in the competition.
The stories published on shortlisted contenders are no indication of whether or not the entrant has won the category.
The finals night will be held in Sedgefield early next month and we will be there to bring you full, in-depth coverage.
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