A trainee nurse has been given a Pride of Essex Award in recognition of the thousands of donations she has helped arrange for colleagues during Covid.
Lauren Dicker, a student nurse at Broomfield Hospital, won the Unsung Hero Award for setting up a fundraising page for gifts for her colleagues when she returned to work after having Covid.
Lauren, 26, from Halstead, said: “I’m so happy to get his award. Coming back to work I realised I could make a difference by giving small gifts of thanks. The response was amazing; people have been so generous with everything they have given.”
Donations included snacks, hand sanitiser, lip gloss and drinks to help her colleagues relax after their shift.
Lauren will qualify as a nurse from Anglia Ruskin University next year, and is looking forward to starting her nursing career at Broomfield Hospital.
She said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time as a student nurse at Broomfield, everyone has been so welcoming, and I’m hoping to get a job on Heybridge Ward as a newly qualified nurse once I complete my degree. The team on the ward have been so fantastic since I started.”
Lauren’s nominator David Wiles, a member of the Braintree Masonic Centre, said: “She is so dedicated to her career she does not realise how humbled people are by her actions. She has not only been working frontline on wards but has also manged to bring joy to her colleagues.”