Care worker ‘overwhelmed’ as Good Samaritan pays for £1K car repair bill


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.

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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.”

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