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Shop’s thank you is a huge boost for Janine

Rob George 24th Apr, 2020

A DEVOTED hospice nurse has sent an emotional message of thanks to kind-hearted shop workers after she was ‘blown away’ by a touching gesture of gratitude.

Janine Warner, who works at Acorns Children’s Hospice on Bath Road, was moved to tears when staff at the local Esso garage and Spar discounted her shopping to show their appreciation for her dedication to continuing to provide vital care during the coronavirus pandemic.

The mum-of-four had called in to buy food for her children to eat while she was at work, when she was recognised as a nurse from the charity’s Worcester hospice.

Janine, who is deputy head nurse at the hospice, shared her heartfelt thanks in a video message.

She said: “It put me on such a high someone had been so kind and said thank you for something I do every day as a nurse. I’m so blown away by the kindness of someone else. That’s made me realise how saying thank you is so important.”

Janine initially thought she had selected too many items from the shelves but was met with a wonderful surprise.

“I had a few different things and when I got to the till, the ladies behind the counter started whispering. I thought ‘oh gosh they’re going to ask me to start putting things back’.

“But she said, ‘thank you’ and I looked at the screen where all my shopping was and they’d put a discount on. She said, ‘we’re doing a discount for the NHS staff and you’re a nurse as well, so we’ve put the discount on for you’.

“I was so overwhelmed and taken back by the kindness of these people that I started to cry. I couldn’t get over it, it was so emotional. Everybody is being so kind, and everybody is pulling together. It is just so amazing that at times like this, when we need to, we do all pull together.”

Acorns Children’s Hospice has stepped up in response to the coronavirus crisis and launched emergency plans to help the most vulnerable families in the local community. There are around 600 families supported by the charity across the West Midlands who are now self-isolating and alone, as they care for children with life limiting and life threatening conditions.

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