A care and support worker has spoken of her shock after a local businessman paid more than £1,000 for her car to be repaired.
Katrina Pickering, who works for Caremark Broxtowe and Erewash, was facing of a bill of £1,250 when it broke down and had to be towed away.
Katrina’s husband Kevin works for Jem Leisure, which is owned by the Nottingham-based Mellors Group. When the managing director of the group, James Mellor Snr, heard about the breakdown and knowing how vital a car was for key workers during the Covid-19 pandemic, he insisted on paying for the repairs.
In an act of further kindness, when Katrina’s neighbour Lisa saw her car being towed away, she loaned Katrina her car so she could continue working. Katrina said: “I can’t do my job without a car because I need to be able to travel to people’s homes to provide care, so when I realised how much it was going to cost to repair, I didn’t know what to do.
“The final bill was going to be £1,250 which is a month’s wage for me, so when James offered to pay the full amount, completely out of the blue, I was overwhelmed.
“Then, when Lisa offered me her car, well, I was lost for words. Their generosity is amazing, and I can’t thank them enough.
“It meant I didn’t lose any work and more importantly, the people who rely on me for care were not inconvenienced.”
Katrina has worked in the care sector for a year, having previously worked in the leisure industry.
Discussing what inspired her to become a care worker, she said: “My grandmother had to go into residential care and this was an upsetting time for everyone, so it gave me the inspiration to become a carer, so I could help other people remain in their homes as long as possible.
“It’s the best thing I have ever done. It’s something I was destined to do and that I have found my right place here.”
Raj Solanki, managing director of Caremark (Broxtowe and Erewash), said: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of local people during the COVID-19 pandemic, but this in particular was very special and I would personally like to thank James and Lisa for their kind gestures.”