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Much-loved member of staff ‘so proud’ of £650 donation

Tuesday, October 3 2017

A much-loved member of the CT Skills family had a big smile on her face today when we presented her with a £650 donation for the cancer unit she’s currently being treated in. 

Lindsey Vaughan (42) is staying in the Nightingale Macmillan Unit at the Royal Derby Hospital as she fights her battle with the disease in typically good spirit. 

Earlier in September a total of £322 was raised from a series of cake sales at our Alan House and Priory Court sites – the company then decided to match that figure and round it up, taking the total to £650 and smashing the original £500 target.

She’s missing her job as an enrolment officer working with her colleagues and seeing all of our learners everyday.

She said: “I’m so proud to work for CT Skills and I’m so pleased with what everyone’s done. All the staff have gone out of their way to raise money for this cause and I’m overwhelmed with it all.

“All I can say is thank you and it will go towards such a good cause. Just thank you.

“I really really miss being at work and want to come back because I love the company and it’s such a great atmosphere to work in. 

Asked what would be her perfect idea to spend the money on, she started to laugh as she thought to herself of all the amazing things that could be done with the money.

She then said: “I think some money should be spent on the Macmillan staff to thank them for all the work they do for everyone here. 

“A party with possibly a little bit of alcohol would be great too,” she said underneath a fit of laughter.

Janet Sanders, charity coordinator at the Nightingale Macmillan Unit said their job is all about making patients’ time in the unit as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. 

“We’re very grateful for the money from CT Skills. All the money gets spent on the patients for things that will bring real benefits for them while they stay here,” she said. 

“All the staff get on really well with Lindsey because she’s so pleasant and lovely. You can’t not get on with her.”

The unit has lots of arts and crafts materials to use as well as books and CDs. They even have computer tablets so patients can make video calls to their friends and loved ones. 

It’s not all fun and games however. We were told the quiz nights can get very competitive. 

The unit also hosts parties for special occasions so patients can have a good time with their family – just last week they had a celebration for Lindsey’s parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. 

Everyone at CT Skills hopes Lindsey and everyone at the Nightingale Macmillan Unit sees a real benefit as a result of our donation and enjoys the potential party. 

Meanwhile back at our centres, we can’t wait to have Lindsey back through our doors and brightening the place up once more with her infectious smile and personality. 

By Jarrad Johnson, PR & Communications Executive

Left to right: Kerina Rujudawa (CT Skills’ Derby centre manager), Elizma Probert (CT Skills’ tutor), Lindsey Vaughan (CT Skills’ enrolment officer), Jayne Rowley-Nixon (creative worker), Amanda Volley (therapist), Sue Issitt (healthcare assistant)