Published: 06:00, 09 January 2021
An NHS worker who also runs a Brownies group and is a mum-of-two has been hailed a "lockdown legend".
Fiona Whiskin, from Iwade, works full-time at Sheppey Community Hospital as a reception supervisor and admin support to the Matron, but that has not stopped her from running the Iwade Brownies throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Her efforts did not go unnoticed and one of the Brownie’s mums nominated Fiona to be named a lockdown legend in a competition being run by Tania Gough, who owns Beauty Academy South East (BASE), a beauty training school in Sittingbourne High Street.
Tania said: “It’s been an absolute dire year for everybody. Every single person has suffered in some way, whether it’s losing a loved one, losing a job, being furloughed for months, obviously people have been struggling with mental health - there’s so many things that have gone wrong and every single person I know, including myself, we have all suffered in one way or another.
“So, I decided that I wanted to give a very special person an extra special treat.
“I came up with the idea of people nominating a local lockdown legend - someone who has gone beyond the call of duty during the coronavirus pandemic.”
Tania appeared on kmfm and Sheppey FM to share her competition and she received “numerous nominations” ahead of the closing date last month.
“The lovely lady who caught my attention was Fiona,” Tania said. “Throughout all of the lockdowns, she has kept the Brownies group running virtually, every week a new task or challenge was set. She even arranged a virtual sleepover including a special surprise visit from Santa.
“Not only that, Fiona works full time for the NHS and has her own family too, but still finds the time and energy to run the group.”
Sheppey FM DJ Amanda Cooper helped Tania to surprise Fiona with her gift live on air.
Fiona’s treat is a day of pampering with Tania at BASE once the national lockdown restrictions are lifted.
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