Celebrating Our Community Champions Pt5

Our final Bank Holiday accolade goes to Caz Kirkwood, an administrator in our Court of Protection department, who has been extremely busy these last few weeks.

Caz KirkwoodCaz told us that she had started cooking Sunday lunch for her next-door-neighbour following a brief conversation about what food she liked to eat. A fabulous lady, 80 years young, her neighbour lives on her own and doesn’t have much in the way of family.

“The first time I made her dinner, she actually wept. She said no-one had ever done anything like that for her before (shame on me, I thought!). I have since been shopping for her and made a trip to the garden centre so she could still glance at some of the familiar red geraniums her front garden was renowned for. It was her birthday this weekend too, so I suggested I make her dinner and share a celebratory glass of wine in our respective gardens afterwards (socially distanced of course).”

Covid-19 Community Champion - Caz-2As if one good deed wasn’t enough, Caz mentioned that another elderly lady across the street had recently had a hip operation, and couldn’t maintain her garden anymore.

“It’s obvious that she’d been very proud of her garden over the years, and not being able to get out-and-about, I really wanted to help her. You’ll never find a more fiercely independent woman, and we must have argued for about 10-minutes because she was adamant that she’d have to pay me. In the end, we settled on a bottle of wine! The look on her face when I had finished was priceless.”

Caz went on to tell us that she had also groomed two of her neighbour’s dogs, free of charge.

covid19-community-champion-rosette“I’m an ardent dog lover and groom my own dog, who I enter into shows. Having a bit of free time at the weekends, I thought it’d be nice to try out some other breeds. So far, I’ve groomed a cockerpoo and a cavachon and my neighbours are still talking to me, so I must have done a fairly decent job 🙂

Well done Caz – and congratulations on being recognised as one of Price Slater Gawne’s Community Champions. It just goes to show that small, random acts of kindness really can go a long way.